St. Patrick's Day

Activate before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, so be sure to get your green out. Whether you’re actually Irish or not, this religious feast day has grown to become something of a national holiday, and many take it as an opportunity—or excuse—to celebrate in one way or another. And the fact that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year opens up the gates for an entire weekend of celebration for those looking to take advantage.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting in on the luck of the Irish and having a wee bit of fun, keep in mind that the timing of the holiday may get in the way of your normal exercise routine. Weekends are usually tough as it is to fit in a workout or go on that long run you’ve been meaning to do for a while, and the festivities this weekend will only make it more difficult. Here’s an idea: why not get active before partaking in the celebration, and feel much better about yourself at the end of the weekend?

To point you in the right direction, here are a few suggestions to increase your heart rate that don’t involve navigating through a maze of people to get a spot at the bar:

  • Go for a run, but instead of running at your normal pace, try the following: warm up for five minutes, then run your fastest for two minutes, followed by two minutes of recovery; continue with these intervals until you’ve reached your desired running time, and end with a five-minute cool down
  • Try an Irish jig dance workout like this one
  • If you’re short on time, try a high-intensity interval workout; these types of workouts focus on maximizing your effort in a small amount of time, and can be completed in as little as 10 minutes; click here to choose from a wide array of workout options
  • If you’re meeting people at a location that’s within walkable distance, walk it instead of taking a car
  • Run a St. Patrick’s Day 5K if any runs are available in your area

While exercising may not be the first thing on your mind on St. Paddy’s Day, sweating a bit before tossing a few green beers back will help you stay on top of your exercise routine and reduce any guilt you might feel come Monday. For additional exercise tips or for any pain you might be experiencing, contact Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC, us at 202-223-1737 or e-mail to schedule an appointment today.

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