It’s about that time of year. You are dying to get out of the house and into the sun. The temperature is going up and the clothes are coming off. But are you beach body ready??
Many of you are anxious to get outside and get moving. I love that, but a sharp increase in your exercise program could do more harm that good.
Here are 5 tips to keep you looking and feeling great this season:
1) Ramp up slowly over several weeks.
This includes the length, frequency and intensity of each workout session.
2) Include plenty of stretching.
Perform Dynamic (movement based) stretches before your workout such as walking lunges. After your workout, foam roll and perform static stretches where you hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds.
3) Ignore peer pressure.
Training with a group (i.e, running club, fitness classes, crossfit, etc.) is a great way to stay motivated and accountable; however, it’s important to go at your own pace and listen to what your own body is telling you.
4) Use Cross-Training to minimize the chance of injury and keep things interesting.
Outdoor pools will be opening soon, and swimming is always a joint-friendly way to mix things up.
5) Rest for a few days if something starts to hurt.
If the pain does not subside in three days, see a your favorite physical therapist to evaluate the situation.
Although this post is a word of caution, we love nothing more than seeing your smiling faces running, biking, and playing around town. Or the beach! See you there!