Is Your Body Ready for Exercise?
By Genevieve Cunningham
Exercise is a tough but necessary part of a healthy life. When we get exercise on a regular basis, we're more likely to have strong muscles, limber joints, and a stronger immune system. We're also more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is so, so good for us! Unfortunately, if you're not already engaging in a routine, it can be hard to get started. If your body isn't ready for exercise, it will fight against you, making the process even more difficult. If you think you're ready to improve your health and fitness through exercise, take a look at these ways to see if your body is ready for the challenge.
Are You in Pain?
If you begin your exercise routine and your body is in pain as a result, you may need to stop and reevaluate. Pain shouldn't be a part of the process. Pain usually indicates that something is wrong, and you'll need to address the problem before continuing. But keep in mind that soreness and true pain aren't the same thing. You can expect to be sore after exercise. This is normal and will go away as your body adjusts. Pain will linger until you correct the issue, so learn the difference and react accordingly.
Are You Exhausted?
If the body is too fatigued, exercise won't feel good and the positive side effects won't be as great. The body changes during rest, so a lack of rest will keep the change from happening. If you're constantly exhausted, focus on bettering your sleep first. Once you've handled your sleeping problems, you can try adding exercise again but you'll likely have far better results.
Are You Mentally Prepared?
Even though being physically prepared is crucial, our mental state matters, too. Exercise works best when we're mentally ready for the challenge. If exercise fills your mind with dread, you may need to start with something extremely slow and gentle. Let your mind adjust. When you're ready, take it up a notch. The more your mind is on board, the stronger your results will be and the better your chance of making it stick.
If you're not currently exercising, it is definitely a good idea to add it to your life. But this will work best when your body is ready for the challenge. Use these tips to check your body and mind, and then make changes where and when you can. Exercise can change your life, so get prepared and enjoy the boost in your health that comes with it.
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