Regular exercise is an important part of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Ideally, you will be incorporating physical activity into your life for the long haul. Whether you have a daily gym routine, play a team sport in a rec league, or are simply looking to partake in some outdoor activities, there are certain guidelines to follow that will ensure your safety and maximize your enjoyment.
Take the following five tips into consideration when embarking on your exercise endeavors:
#1: Pace yourself. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Unless, of course, you are a sprinter. Even still, it is important to remember to work at your own pace. Set realistic goals. Practice and strive to achieve them on time, but always adjust accordingly. If you are fatigued or in pain, take it easy on yourself. Pushing through and not heeding your body’s warning signs puts you at greater risk for more serious injury. If you realize that your goals are too unrealistic, dial back your routine and reassess your priorities. If you take time off for whatever reason (injury, busy at work, vacation, etc.), recognize that you might not be able to pick up right where you were before the hiatus. By managing expectations, you will arrive at your life/work/health balance.
#2: Take a class. Are you looking to try something for the first time? Hey, you live in Orange County, and you’re telling me you’ve never tried surfing? Maybe you’re weekend warrior golfer, and you might be able to shave a few strokes off your handicap if you could just develop a passable short game. Here’s a novel idea for you: take a class. Learning from those that actually know what they are talking about is a good idea for the obvious reason that they know more about whatever it is you are trying to learn than you do. However, an often overlooked reason to take a class is safety/decreased risk of injury. When you learn how to do things the right way, you also learn how to not do things the wrong— perhaps dangerous— way. Yet another great thing about getting instruction is you will get to meet like-minded people with an interest in the same activity. Even if you are taking private lessons, chances are your instructor will be able to point you in the direction of individuals with similar skill sets, give you tips on the community, and, essentially, make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
#3: Proper equipment. This is something you don’t want to wing. To borrow examples from the previous tip, if you are going surfing for the first time, you’ll want to grab a bigger board that’s much more stable and easier to balance on than a high performance short board. If your already an experienced golfer, maybe it’s time to upgrade your clubs to get you to that next level. When you have the right equipment, you will set yourself up for success. And when you succeed, you will be satisfied. And when you are satisfied, you are more likely to commit to yourself to developing your skills in the discipline. At the end of the day, it’s all about staying happy, healthy, and active. Do yourself a favor and gear up!
#4: Bring a buddy. Stay motivated with a friend. If you’re trying something for the first time, you might be a little apprehensive to go at it alone. Even if you give it a shot, when you encounter any obstacles— and you will— you might be less likely to try it again. With a buddy, you can lean on each other to persevere. Since you already have a relationship, you will be able to offer one another advice, and you both should be less inhibited when trying something new and challenging together. Not to mention, you’ll have a partner in crime anytime you want to go exercise. And the stories you’ll have will provide some awesome memories and laughs that will last a lifetime.
#5: Chiropractic adjustments. When you catch the exercise bug, you will probably be getting after it every chance you get. The more you work out, the more strain you will put on your body. We are not necessarily talking about physical injury, rather, the normal “wear & tear” associated with increased activity. Regular chiropractic adjustments will keep you in tip-top shape, allowing you to perform at the highest level. If you don’t take care of your body, you run the risk of being sidelined due to an injury that might have been avoidable with routine, preventative maintenance. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to do what you love because your body isn’t cooperating. Take care of yourself today for longevity tomorrow & beyond.
Physical fitness and activity is an excellent way to enrich your life. Apart from the healthy benefits associated with exercise, the experiences and adventures you have will provide priceless memories. It is our hope that you get to dive into all your activities wholeheartedly and uninhibited by any physical ailments. By following the advise presented in these five tips, you will be on your way to living the health life you desire.