The Pain of New Year Resolutions

After surviving another season of overindulgence, January is often the time that we vow to exercise more to improve our health. The intention is great but without the right plan it’s easy to find yourself injured soon after you start.

Here are a few tips to help keep you motivated and injury free on the road to reclaiming your body:

1.     If it’s been a while since you’ve last exercised, be sure to start slow and build consistently. Trying to do too much too fast is a sure fire way to get hurt.  Ease into any new routine. Slow and steady wins the race.

2.  Know what your body needs. While some people definitely benefit from regular stretching, others need to focus more on stability exercises to help prevent the build up of muscle tension.

3.  Don’t forget about your postural muscles.  Your postural muscles need to be trained differently than your arms and legs. Your back muscles act as anchors for your arms and legs. If they’re not stable then your arms and legs aren’t properly anchored and it’s easy to strain a muscle or sprain a ligament.  

Check out our Exercise Video Library for safe, effective exercises for your core and spinal stabilizing muscles.

4.  There is no such thing as spot reduction. As delicious as all that melted brie was over the holidays, it hasn’t done any favours for your waistline. Doing hundreds of crunches alone will not make it go away. The fastest way to a slimmer waistline is doing a comprehensive workout including cardio and full body strengthening exercises.

5.  Post-exercise soreness or injury?  Some post-exercise soreness is normal after pushing yourself a little bit and usually resolves within a day or two. If it lasts longer than that then you may have injured something and having a proper assessment is always a good idea.

 Not sure how best to get started on your 2019 road to feeling fit? Already feeling the pain of being more active?

Drs. Da Re, Sinclair and Mertins are here to help!


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