Tips For Getting In Shape

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the weather starting to improve all over the country, more and more people might be finally getting out of the house and wanting take to the outdoors to get back into shape. As physical therapists, we are in complete support of anyone wanting to live a healthier, fitter lifestyle. But, it’s very important to not overexert yourself or create an injury that’s going to have drastic consequences later on. Here are the top four things you can do to make sure that you aren’t exercising improperly.

 

Practice Good Form:  Exercising in the wrong way is a sure way to hurt yourself. If you are just starting out on the path to better physical health and fitness, it’s a great idea to get a personal trainer who really understands exercise and how to do it right without creating injury.

 

Gradual Increases: Don’t be afraid to start off slow. If you want to take advantage of better weather by running or jogging, start off with walking and gradually build up. Trying to force yourself in to an intense routine is not worth it. It’s a quick way to injure yourself and then make it impossible to continue.

 

Get the Right Gear: Many people who are just starting to get in shape underestimate a very important part of any fitness routine: the shoes. Make sure that you have proper footwear that really supports your particular feet. Ankles and knees are highly susceptible to injury that can be lead to long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation. Having the proper footwear is the best way to avoid these painful, long-term situations.

 

Get an Evaluation First: Before you begin a new exercise regimen it’s always a good idea to consult with a professional—especially if you have had any major surgeries or injuries in the past. Be sure that you see a physical therapist or doctor for a physical evaluation to ensure that you are ready.

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