January is the season of resolutions, which for many means an increase in activity. If you have resolved to be more physically active, good for you!
Your body will soon become stronger and healthier for your efforts. However there is also a large drop-out rate after several weeks of exercise, for multiple reasons. To avoid an injury forcing you to stop before you have built good habits, remember to: warm up and cool down – about 5-10 minutes of moderate cardio, incorporate gentle static stretching, and avoid going too intense, too quickly.
Building strength and fitness requires a large commitment of time and effort and results come gradually. Be kind to your body and know your limits: increase exercise and weight by small increments – beginning with your own body weight may even be the best option, try to avoid “competing” with others you see at the gym – follow your workout plan and try to improve based on your own performance.
Consult a Summit physiotherapist if any problems occur, good luck out there!