Spring is here and it’s time to get moving!
If you’ve been hibernating, you’re not alone. Let’s face it, sometimes it just seems too hard to keep our motivation and enthusiasm for exercise during winter. The days are shorter, colder and the sofa seems more appealing!
So if you’ve had a break from exercise, lost some strength, gained some weight, felt depressed or been a bit unwell, exercise is the perfect way to change this. Spring is here and it’s time to take control.
Getting back in shape is an exciting but difficult journey so here are some essential tips for doing it right:
1. Get help from a pro
Avoid the common pitfall of too much too soon.
After a break you’re not the athlete that you were a few months ago. Chances are you’ve lost some fitness and therefore you need to plan your journey back to full health.
Exercise physiologists (EP) like me (Mike Fitzsimon from PridePlus Health) are the perfect professional to help tailor an evidence-based exercise routine to your needs. An EP will assess your capacity and recommend an appropriate training routine to get you back in shape whilst avoiding injury and/or burn out.
If you’re in pain and need physio to help get you started, a physiotherapist will diagnose and treat the cause and help you get moving again.
If you’re struggling with foot pain, not sure about what shoes you should be exercising in or wanting advice on changing your running gait, then a podiatrist would be your first port of call.
And finally, your GP in Pascoe Vale should also be part of your ‘Exercise Pro Team’. If you’re battling a chronic medical condition and need clearance prior to returning to exercise, your doctor can give you some guidance too.
2. Join a group
Exercising with others keeps you motivated. It’s fun to share a common goal and exchange stories.
Be part of a group that improves and achieves whilst maintaining an individual routine.
Being part of a community of exercisers helps you stay on track and gives you a focus.
We have lots of group exercise class options in our clinic in Pascoe Vale. Check out our group exercise timetable here.
3. Mix it up
Exercise should be varied to stimulate the right outcomes.
Cardio, weights, exercise bands, mobility exercises, balance exercises, indoors, outdoors – it’s like eating a well-balanced diet – get a bit of everything to help you improve.
If you’re running then you need resistance exercises. If you’re losing weight you need cardio and weights.
Your EP will help you work it out.
4. Move smarter
The quality of your movement will help you stay fit and healthy for longer.
Work on technique and posture before load so that you develop good habits and don’t get injured.
A simple walking or postural assessment or core strength assessment before you get started will help you stay on target to reach your goals and help you exercise whilst minimising injury.
5. Wear the right gear
Starting with the right footwear, and wearing workout clothes that breathe, will make you feel better and more comfortable.
As the days get warmer you should consider wearing breathable clothing and stay hydrated before, during and after exercise. When exercising outdoors make sure you slip, slop, slap to protect your skin from harmful UV rays as well.
This spring we’re looking forward to helping you hit your exercise goals. Book in with your Exercise Pro Team member here to get you going.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.