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Do's And Don'ts For New Year Fitness

Feb 1, 2014

These tips will help decrease the likelihood of getting injured and increase the chances of a happily fulfilled New Year's Resolution:
  • Doctors know best. Check with your doctor first to make sure you're ready for an exercise program.
  • Follow the golden rule. Start slow, and build on to it.
  • Rest in between days to allow your body to recover.
  • Wear the right gear.
  • Speak up. If you don't know how to use a machine, ask a professional how to do so. It's better to ask and avoid injury.
  • Never ever wear one of those plastic suits.They can cause overheating and dehydration and just aren't necessary.
  • Don't ignore pain. Feeling soreness or pain after working out is normal. Feeling pain during is not.
  • Treat your body right. You treat your car right (hopefully). So treat your body right and give it the food, water (lots of water), and rest it needs.
  • Warm-up first, then stretch. Be sure to break a sweat before stretching. Stretching cold muscles can actually be harmful.
  • Warm-down. End all workouts with a cool down of light cardio and stretching to stay flexible and to keep the blood from pooling in the muscles, which can increase soreness.
  • Mix it up. Doing the same routine can lead to boredom and injuries.
  • Find a buddy for motivation and support
  • Make it fun. Try to do fitness activities that you enjoy. Getting in shape can be accomplished by all sorts of activities like dancing, swimming, hiking, etc.

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