Getting It Right Before It Goes Wrong
When we exercise, we are doing something that is right for our bodies. It is improving our health, our stamina, our general levels of fitness. However, sometimes we can get it just that little bit wrong if we’re not taking care of ourselves and paying attention to what needs to be done in order to reverse that - so what do we need to do to make sure that we’re getting it right in the first place?
If you’re not warming up before a workout, you are already doing your body a disservice. Different exercises require different warm ups, but they’re generally all following the same rule; they’re getting your body prepared for what’s to come. What’s not to love about that? You may think that your body is coping with the exercise that you are doing if you haven’t warmed up beforehand, but the proof will unfortunately be in the pudding when you either have to a) stop early, b) ache more after you’ve finished or c) do yourself an injury. You need to give everything that’s going to start being put to work in your body a chance to really loosen and give you the best that they can give. If this means that you have to get up five minutes earlier to do a little less to factor in the time that you’re going to be spending doing this, know that it will always be worth it.
Listen To Your Body
If you know that your body is telling you to stop, or that something is hurting and you’re trying to see past the pain to reach a personal best, this is yet another thing that will see you out of action for a couple of weeks, if not months. Things like backache, neckache and an increased burning sensation in your thighs that last more than a couple of hours after you have finished your workout could be a sign of something more serious. There are sites online like www.newjerseyspinesurgeon.com which can help you book an appointment to see a specialist and get a consultation on what’s gone wrong. Even if you think that you are overreacting to whatever has happened, you can never be too safe. Your body works in ways to tell you when it wants to stop. Sometimes it will force you to stop (i.e. fainting), other times you will just have to determine whether you need to do something or not. Your brain will sometimes counteract what your body is telling you to do - you just need to know which one to listen to.
Rest More Often
The thing with exercise is that it releases endorphins and other hormones which really give us a boost and make us think that we’re invincible for a short while. If you have stretched yourself to your limit during your last workout, there will be a period of recovery after where you think that you can go back and do it all again with the same amount of power. It may happen, but you really do need to give your body the chance to rest and get back up to par again, such as is explained on http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/difference-heart-rate-recovery-time-after-workout-8281.html. The more time that you give your muscles to get used to what you have just done to them, the more they will be able to stand up to the job next time. There is a set amount of time that you need to leave them to repair themselves, and it differs depending on the quality of the workout that you have just done.
Drink & Eat Correctly
If you don’t maintain a car correctly and give it the right amount of fuel, it’s not going to go very far. It’s exactly the same when it comes to your body. You need to ensure that you are eating the right amount to get you through whatever you are putting yourself through and drinking enough to stay hydrated. Generally speaking, the more exercise that you do, the more calories that you will need to intake in order to keep yourself on the right path. If you are losing weight, then make sure that you are still eating enough for you to get through your workout routine. Running on a deficit and then taking whatever reserves you had left out to exercise is definitely not the way forward - you will be lucky for it to end well.
You don’t necessarily have to get a personal trainer nowadays in order to get the right amount of guidance that you need to take you on your exercise journey. There are blogs and sites dedicated to helping more people get into fitness. It all depends on what you are wanting to do; in order to find a specific site, you will need to use the right terminology and ensure that you are directed to what you want to be knowing about. Try and use a site that has been recommended by those who have been involved in the sport that you want to do; for example, if you know that you want to take up cycling, go on a forum and see which websites and guidance tips the regular posters there recommend for beginners. There will always be somebody willing to help you out with any questions that you want to put forward, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Don’t Stretch Limits
In some ways, you will always need to push boundaries and goals in order to see yourself thrive. You can’t get to a dead end with exercise and suddenly stop; you will need to motivate yourself to move more and achieve things that you never thought you would have done. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to stretch your limits any more than they need to be stretched. Don’t do things that you know that you are incapable of doing (right now - you might be able to at some point in the future!) to impress others or for self pride. Preserve your energy and focus it into something that you will reap rewards from rather than fail at.