With freezing temperatures, thoughts of shedding holiday pounds or creating New Year’s resolutions are often top of mind for most. That means beginning or returning to exercise routines. Some have gotten out of the habit, and others have had exercise-related injuries. Either way, how do you avoid injuries when returning to your fitness routine?
First, start slow and be gradual. Whether you’ve been gone a week or a year, it’s important to ease back into your program. Go light on weight or decrease the intensity of your cardio, and work your way back slowly.
Second, warm up and cool down. Take time before and after working out to get your body moving: stretch, foam roll or just walk.
Last, if it hurts, don’t do it. You can expect a mild level of discomfort when exercising but not pain. If pain lasts a couple minutes following exercise, then you’re probably fine. However, if pain lingers for more than five minutes or gets worse the more you exercise, then consult a medical professional.