If a few years have gone by since you were working out and exercising on a regular basis, now is the time to find your way back to those healthy habits. Do you remember how good it felt to have more energy and stamina? You can use the tips in this article to bring back that great feeling and all the benefits of having a strong, limber body.
Take the first steps of returning to a fitness routine slow and easy. In the beginning, don’t attempt to perform at your previous peak level. There’s no need to rush as you start building your strength, and taking short cuts can lead to injuries and discomfort. Instead, give your body a chance to gradually increase stamina, tone muscle, and strengthen your core. Keep your focus on the improvements that you can expect to have over the long term. You will continue to experience the satisfaction of better physical fitness when you go at a pace that is suitable to your current capabilities.
Do stretches before your workouts. Stretching before your workout will warm up your muscles and allow them to withstand the workout routine. You will increase your flexibility with stretches and lessen the chance that the connective tissues between muscles and bones will sustain damage while you’re exercising. Also, your heart beat will quicken and prepare you for the workout. Try to do stretches that will use the same muscles that you will use in your workout. For example, if you will be taking a walk, you can do lunge stretches.
As you ease back into a regular routine of exercising and more physical activity, use the tasks and chores that you do on a daily basis to help get in shape. For instance, if you usually spend a portion of your lunch time standing in line at a fast food restaurant, bring a sandwich from home instead and use those extra minutes to take a stroll around the block. Look for other ways to incorporate movement into your day, such as storing your socks on a top closet shelf so that you’ll get a good stretch as you reach for them every morning.
There may be instances when the saying “No pain, No gain” is appropriate, such as for professional athletes in training. For most of us, though, it’s not necessary to strain our bodies and muscles to the point of exhaustion and extreme discomfort to get good results. If, for example, you decide to jog a few times a week, run at a pace and distance that feels most comfortable to you. You will gradually build endurance and strength, and you’ll be more inclined to keep it up if you don’t feel the need to run as fast or as far as you can and risk injury.
You can get back on track with your physical fitness routine. Take the advice in this article and start making your days more active and your life more satisfying. It’s time for you to get off the sidelines and join in the fun!