We all do our best to stay fit and healthy (well, sometimes!) It’s not always easy, and we’re all guilty of cutting the gym membership short. For some of us, we just can’t deal with the aches. Whoever said “no pain, no gain” doesn’t know what they’re talking about! Staying fit is essential, we’re not denying that. But, do we really have to suffer in pursuit of it? We don’t think so.
You can stick to an exercise routine without incurring all the aches and pains that come with it. You can start small, and – dare we say it – enjoy the workouts. if you’re doing it right, exercising should be fun. A few aches are inevitable when you’re getting started, but it ought to be manageable. Let’s take a look at how you can keep those pains at bay.
Start small – One of the biggest reasons for pains and injuries is pushing yourself too hard. Don’t set your goals or expectations to high, especially if you’re just getting started. Start with a gentle jog, and set time targets, rather than distance targets. Aim to jog consistently for just five minutes. Then make it ten, then twenty. Then set yourself a distance target. Take it one step at a time, and don’t push past your limit. You risk injury and severe pains!
Stretch, stretch, stretch – The main cause of injury when exercising is failing to stretch. Running, cycling, and swimming all require use of your muscles. But, right now, your muscles are relaxed. They don’t have enough oxygen pushing through them to function at high exercise. That means you need to warm up and stretch them into action. If you don’t do this, you risk pulling a muscle, causing a lot of pain.
Look after your feet – Most exercises take a big toll on your feet. Running, in particular, causes a huge impact on your soles, heels, and ankles. That’s where the pain will begin to dominate, and it may lead to long-term problems. Always look after them, and seek advice from a feet doctor if necessary. They’ll help reduce the pressure you put on your feet, and keep them in the best condition for exercise.
Rest days – Did you know that your muscles tear when exercising? That’s right, when you work out, you are ripping and tearing your muscles. The pain comes when they rebuild themselves the following day. That’s why it’s so important to give them time to heal. Rest days are crucial, because it lets your muscles restore themselves. Exercising on torn muscles is a recipe for pain and agony!
Eat well, and stay hydrated – A lot of muscle pain comes from lack of water. When your body dries out, it suffers pain and distress. Your muscles also function at their best when fed the correct nutrients and vitamins. Try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and you’ll reduce the burn when you work out.
Are you feeling motivated to get out and exercise? We certainly hope so! Good luck!