With summer here, it’s the time of season when many people begin exercising to meet their goals of losing weight or getting healthy. When beginning any exercise program, it’s important to pace yourself and not risk injury by overexerting yourself from the get-go, especially if it’s been a while since you worked out. To prevent that, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your journey towards a healthier life.
Tip 1: Start Slow
Don’t just jump right in and start exercising five days a week; that’s a recipe for disaster. It’s better that you gradually work up to exercising several days per week while you see how your body responds.
Tip 2: Know When to Stretch
Stretching right before a workout may seem like the best thing to do, but you might be putting yourself at risk of injury.
After you warm up, you should stretch your muscles and hold it for about 15 second. You are less likely to injure yourself when you’re stretching if your muscles are already a little warmed up.
Tip 3: Change It Up
Whether you’re going for weight loss or bulking up, a mixed regimen of aerobic and strength training is the best way to achieve the body you want. But even within those categories, don’t stick to the same exercises every day — change it up.
Tip 4: Know When To Take A Break
When people start out, they are often overzealous and try to get to the gym every day. However, by not letting your body rest, you can be doing much more harm than good.
If you don’t give your body time to heal and repair itself, your performance will go down and you’ll get into a vicious cycle where you never fully recover.