One of the most popular resolutions every year is to get in shape. Taking your physical health seriously has many benefits, including having more energy, boosting your mental health, less risk of chronic illness and being able to sleep better. While your newfound dedication to physical health is exciting, it’s important to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise plan. After that check-up, here are a few tips to help you get started and stick with your goals.
Slow and Steady
Remember the old story of the tortoise and the hare? It’s as true today as it ever was. If you used to go to the gym two days per week and try to change that to five days a week immediately, you’re less likely to stick with it and can soon be discouraged. This can lead to a backslide. Starting with small goals will help keep you motivated. Instead of planning to double or triple your exercise time, don’t put a number on it. The goal could be to increase your workout time or to exercise more frequently. And when you meet your goal, reward yourself with a hot bath or even some time alone with a book.
Drinking non-carbonated and non-caffeine fluids throughout the day, even during rest days, is key to maintaining healthy hydration levels. When you go for your workout, be sure to bring along a water bottle and drink in between sets. This will help you maintain optimal performance, especially when exercising in warm temperatures. And most importantly, hydrating after your workout can help you recover faster and be ready for your next workout.
Listen To Your Body
You’ve heard about playing through the pain? It’s not a good idea. You will be sore when starting or stepping up an exercise plan. Muscle soreness is to be expected, and the best treatment is to keep those muscles warm and moving. But pain is different than soreness. Talk with your doctor or chiropractor for tips to help with your pain so you don’t run the risk of a more serious injury. Taking your time to progress through your fitness program can help you maintain your routine in the long term and make the most of it.
Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert and the team at Live Well Chiropractic Center are experienced in working with athletes and other physically active people to help them achieve their goals. They will use adjusting techniques and rehabilitative exercises that focus on the fascia, or the soft connective tissues between your muscles to keep you moving. To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 513-285-7682. And be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!