Spring Cleaning | Roderick Smith

After a long winter of reduced activity or inactivity, you might be tempted to get outside and train as soon as the weather improves. You may also be tempted to exercise at the same level you did at the end of the last season. But such enthusiasm often leads to early season injuries.

It’s the perfect time to reignite your motivation by breaking away from your boring gym routine and embracing the great outdoors. Kick off spring with a healthy start by getting the right gear, revamping your routine and doing some “spring cleaning”. Here are some tips for avoiding injuries as you increase your exercise this spring. Before you start any exercise regime, consult your physician.

  • Start off Slow. Prepare your body for your exercise program — especially if you used the cold weather as an excuse to become a couch potato.
  • Monitor Your Level of Exertion. Start with a slow exercise program — an easy walking regimen and a stretching routine. This will prepare you for most casual sports, like jogging, golf and tennis.
  • Increase Your Training Slowly. “A good starting point is to begin at a level that is manageable using common sense, and underestimate your ability. If you start your exercise without preparation , you put your body at risk for some form of an overuse injury.”
  • Give Yourself Some Credit. If you took the winter off, don’t expect to be back to peak fitness in a week or two. It’s ok to go slow and just enjoy being outside again.
  • Have a Support System. Having a strong support system, made up of friends, family, a coach or a strong team is an important part of living an active life!

 

There’s a lesson here: After you prepare your body for spring activities, then spend the warm-weather months healthy and active, don’t let it all go to waste by hibernating next winter. Stay strong year round, so you don’t have to start that exercise program all over again. You aren’t competing, and you aren’t burnt out yet. So just relax and enjoy your activity.

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