Although it might not look it, spring is right around the corner – and this means it’s time again to start thinking about getting back to regular (and much more enjoyable) exercise. The problem is that most people who set exercise goals in the spring have forgotten them or given up by summer! This week, we look at our top tips to stay on track.
Exercise is critical
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your mood, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. Being physically active is also one of the most important things you can to help avoid back, neck and shoulder issues – as we often say, movement is medicine! However, it can be challenging to know where to start or how to stay motivated. So, here’s our top tips!
Set realistic goals
When it comes to exercise, setting realistic goals is crucial. Don’t expect to run a marathon after a week of training or lose ten pounds in a day. Instead, set achievable goals that you can reach in a reasonable amount of time. This will help you stay motivated and avoid frustration.
If you’re new to exercise, it’s essential to start slowly. You don’t want to overdo it and end up injuring yourself. Begin with low-intensity workouts and gradually increase the duration and intensity as your fitness level improves. Remember, progress takes time, so be patient and persistent.
Mix it up
Doing the same workout every day can become monotonous, and you may lose motivation. Mix up your exercise routine by trying different activities like running, cycling, swimming, or weight lifting. Not only will this keep things interesting, but it will also challenge your body in new ways and help prevent boredom.
Staying hydrated is essential during exercise. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can cause fatigue, muscle cramps, and even fainting, so don’t overlook the importance of staying hydrated.
Warm-up and cool-down
Before and after your workout, it’s crucial to warm-up and cool-down. A warm-up prepares your body for exercise by increasing your heart rate and loosening your muscles. A cool-down helps your body return to its resting state by gradually decreasing your heart rate and stretching your muscles.
Listen to your body
When it comes to exercise, it’s essential to listen to your body. If you feel pain or discomfort during a workout, stop and rest. Pushing through the pain can cause injuries that may prevent you from exercising in the future. Take breaks as needed and pay attention to how your body feels.
Make it a habit
Finally, make exercise a habit. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving fitness goals. Schedule your workouts like you would any other appointment and make them a priority. The more you exercise, the easier it will become, and the more benefits you’ll experience.
Don’t let pain hold you back
Final point – and perhaps the most important tip of all – don’t let pain hold you back!
If you’re struggling with aches and pains after a long winter the worst thing you can do it allow them to become a reason not to get active. Rather, pop in and see us at Complete Chiropractic and let us help you get back to a healthy exercise routine this spring!