Jan 06, 2021
January is the season of New Years resolutions!
As we strive to make 2021 better than 2020, many people will undoubtably want to improve their physical health. Before trying new and different movements for your body here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe on your healthy journey!
We often try to be perfect the first time trying something new and quickly stop when we do not immediately meet our goal. Instead of having only that big goal in mind, we should have one large overall goal and a few smaller milestones to reach along the way.
Here are some tips:
1. Do not attempt to do to much too fast!
People will set goals such as to wake up early and go for a long run or lifting weights. However, it can be daunting once the alarm goes off in those first early morning days. Instead of planning to wake up early and run a 5k or bench press 400lbs, you should focus on mini goals like waking up early first! Make that habit of just waking up early and doing some physical activity stick. When you are consistently able to get up early, then start working in your runs or weights.
2. Underestimate your abilities to start!
Exercise can often be confusing in the beginning on where to start and miles/weights can be daunting. Running five miles or bench pressing your body weight are admirable goals but attempting those things on your first day can leave you discouraged or hurt in a hurry! Do not be afraid to start small and build up to those impressive numbers. You are more likely to succeed by slowly increasing your numbers and you are less likely to hurt yourself.
3. Warm Up Properly
“Motion provides the lubrication for your joints” -Dr. Colin Kingston
The doctors at Tidewater Orthopaedics say that performing proper warm-ups before activity and doing strength training exercises can decrease the potential for injury. Warm-ups that include joint movements in a circular motion, both forward and backward, will ensure the joints are prepared for any physical activity and will help you avoid injury.
Remember to take your time and have some fun with your fitness journey.
Happy New Years!