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Exercising More? Listen to Your Body and Your Life

By Sandy Schroeder

As spring arrives, staying active and becoming as fit as possible may become key goals. If you are starting a new fitness routine or reviving old ones, it might be a good time to look closely at the whole process.

Here are some tips to get you started and keep you going with some notes by

Don’t expect miracles - It’s all  too easy to look for immediate results (I do that a lot). That first morning walk or that first week in a new yoga class can be filled with hope, but putting too much pressure on it can cause burnout before you even get rolling.

Check in with your doctors - As you put together new routines, run them by your primary care doctor and your doctor of chiropractic for approval and suggestions.

Pace yourself with smart goals - Think about where you are with weight, flexibility, strength, and overall health as you consider a fitness program that challenges, but does not overwhelm.

Find the right spots in your schedule - If you are a morning person, an early morning walk or run may fit perfectly. If you gain momentum as the day rolls ahead, a workout at the gym, or a walk with your kids after work might be a better choice. When you find the right spots in your day, your fitness routines may become as automatic as brushing your teeth.

Listen to your body - Concentrate on feeling good and giving yourself a break when you need it. If you are not snapping back fast enough, feeling overly tired, or noticing other symptoms like headaches or dizziness, you may want to check back with your doctor to modify routines.

Keep a running record - If it helps, keep a daily journal of routines and responses, noting what you did and how you felt. Over time you may spot highs and lows in the entries that help to fine tune the efforts.

Don’t make it a competition – Most of us are fairly competitive, making it very easy to compare efforts with others as we run down the road or settle onto a yoga mat. If you are doing it right, you will  simply feel amazingly better, and eager to return. That’s what really counts.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Saint Peters, Mo.

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