Whether you are brand new to working out or you are getting back into the swing of things after a long hiatus, beginning a new workout routine is a smart step towards a healthier lifestyle and is one of the best forms of preventative health care out there.
Here are some steps to consider to help ease into working out:
Warm-Up and Cool Down
Warming up before a workout is one of the most important parts of the routine. Warming up can include activities such as light jogging, jumping jacks, yoga stretches, and more. The goal is to get your heart rate up gradually so there is no unnecessary strain on your heart and lungs when you begin more vigorous activities. Cooling down afterward is equally important, as it gives your heart the chance to gradually slow down and allows your body to clear out lactic acid buildup, which contributes to sore muscles. Warming up and cooling down before and after a workout reduces overall muscle soreness. Consider it preventative health care for your muscles.
Do not expect yourself to achieve Olympic athlete-level results overnight. Your body needs time to adjust to your new workout routine and build strength and endurance. Comparing your progress to those who have been working out for longer can result in feelings of inadequacy and often causes beginner athletes to give up too soon. Focus on your own progress and set small, achievable goals at first. Remember that everyone’s body is different and responds differently to exercise. If you are not normally active and working out is a big lifestyle change, consider visiting a clinician prior to vigorous exercise to ensure your heart is ready to take on the additional strain.
Work Out with a Friend
Organizing with friends who are also committed to starting a new workout routine can make all the difference in the world. Whether you work out together in-person or over the internet, the benefits of working out with a friend include accountability and camaraderie. Holding each other accountable to your planned workout schedule helps get over that initial hesitation when you are new to a workout that has not yet become routine. Having a workout buddy adds an element of fun to the workout and helps with any fear associated with joining an exercise class or gym or running laps outside-in view of the public.
Schedule An Appointment with a Clinician
At Richfield Medical Group, we are passionate about improving and sustaining your health. As a medical group dedicated to preventative health care, we are home to a care team of dedicated clinicians ready to take an active role in your health. Schedule an appointment today at richfieldmedicalgroup.com.