[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Happy new year everybody! I wish you all the best for a healthy and injury free 2017″][vc_column_text]It’s the new year, and many of us are promising ourselves to be healthier, and more active. Am I right?
This is why I decided to write a quick blog to go with my new year wishes!
At this time of the year most people are wanting to get ‘back in shape’ after indulging over the festivities. Don’t worry, you are NOT alone.
If you are wanting to get fit, shed off the extra few pounds you’ve gained, or even prepare for your upcoming ski trip, I ask for you to pace yourself.
This is usually the time of the year when physio’s become really busy!
Well, basically because people are going from near to no exercise to pounding themselves with exercise and crash diets.
THIS WILL CAUSE INJURY (especially in freezing cold London!)
So, how can you gradually ease into the healthy ‘New You’ in 2017?
Here are a few simple tips:
- Don’t try to start where you left off before Christmas with exercise. Give your body at least 5-7 days to ease into things. You can do this by cutting back on the intensity OR time of your workouts (or both if you need to).
- Give yourself a rest day after each workout day. This will allow REPAIR and RECOVERY!
- EAT HEALTHILY – replace the unhealthy foods for healthy options, rather than restricting yourself by reducing intake. Replacing the delicious indulgences with healthy options, such as fruit and veg, will reduce sugar intake and most likely also reduce your total intake anyway. Your body needs a balanced intake of protein, good carbs and healthy fats to repair after exercise and function optimally.
- PLEASE stretch and warm up before your workout AND cool down and stretch afterwards. This cold weather is the BEST time for sprains and strains!!
- If you have any previous injuries that you’ve neglected over the holidays get them checked BEFORE you test things out in your workout. Many injuries improve with rest but also bounce back upon activity if not properly treated.
I hope this helps you kick start your return to exercise this year (hopefully without injury!).
If you have any questions or need any help please just contact me!
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