Restarting Exercise: A Guide

Many people experience significant lapses in their exercise routine, sometimes for months or even years. They may not notice or think it is important until one day, they notice that they are getting a little heavier than they used to be, or their pants no longer fit, or that they can’t even walk to the mailbox without getting out of breath. If you haven’t gotten to that point yet, let’s see what we can do to help you get back on track. Try some of these simple tips.

It is very important to only gradually enter a fitness routine. Why? Several reasons. Firstly, it is important not to strain a muscle or crack a bone with unaccustomed exertion: build your bones and muscles first by doing low-intensity work with them, such as lifting a five-pound weight for the first few weeks before moving to a ten-pound weight and only gradually increasing it to fifty or sixty pounds.

It is very important to stretch and warm up before working out. You can easily strain a muscle if it is not receiving enough blood flow before you start working it. It is much better to spend an extra five or ten minutes stretching slowly and slowly walking around and working your way up to a brisk walk before going for a jog or a run and properly cooling down afterwards, lest your muscles get stiff and painful afterwards, as byproducts of cellular respiration accumulate.

Perhaps you don’t have time for a daily half-hour run. That’s perfectly understandable. But you certainly have ways you can work exercise into your daily routine. Perhaps you can jog in place while cooking (although not when doing delicate tasks such as slicing or peeling). Or you can do deep bends while picking up items on the ground or dusting. At the office, perhaps you can get one of the small step machines and place it at your desk, so that you can get all the benefits of the steps while working at your desk. Or more simply, you can take the stairs to work or park at the other end of the lot.

Don’t exercise until it becomes painful. Pain is a symptom that your body is becoming damaged. Light discomfort is okay- as you exercise, you may notice that the muscles in your legs or arms hurt, due to the accumulation of waste products- but that will go away very quickly and is a very distinct feeling. However, if you exercise to the point at which pain persists, you may be permanently damaging your body.

There are many ways in which getting exercise doesn’t have to be a painful or time-consuming process. Some of these ideas will fit into your lifestyle very well, or you may come up with other enjoyable ideas. But with a body in top condition, you will be able to take part in more of the activities you enjoy and not just have to watch other people enjoy them instead. Take control of your life- exercise!