2017 resolutions

Make sure safety is a part of your 2017 New Year’s resolutions

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and a pleasant New Year’s Eve.

Now that 2017 has begun, resolutions of all kinds have been made with the goal of improving oneself in the year ahead. As with just about every other year, the most common resolution people are striving for in 2017 is to become healthier. Among other things, this means that your local gym is almost definitely going to be much more crowded than usual, at least for the next few weeks.

If you count yourself among the many who are committed to getting healthier and working out more this year, you may have actually bought a new gym membership or are planning on doing so in the near future. While we certainly encourage you to become more active in any setting, we also want to remind you how important safety is while doing so.

The last thing you want at this time is to experience an injury just as you’re getting back into exercise. But if it’s been a while, you may be more prone to certain injuries. This is why we strongly recommend that you follow these important precautions as you gradually ease back into exercise to keep yourself injury-free:

  • Start slowly: if you haven’t exercised in a while, your body will not be ready for the strain placed on it; this is why you should start any activity slowly and only increase the intensity at a gradual pace once you build back strength and stamina
  • Warm up/stretch and cool down: before any workout, it’s crucial that you warm up with some basic cardio work and stretch your major muscle groups for about 10 minutes; cooling down afterwards for 5-10 minutes is also important
  • Add variety to regimen: performing the same types of exercises or activities over and over can lead to an overuse injury; try to change it up regularly with different exercises that work out different parts of the body to reduce this risk
  • Listen to your body: some pain is normal, but if it’s excessive and/or lasts a while, you should stop what you’re doing and rest until it subsides

There’s no reason an injury should interfere with your New Year’s resolution. Play it smart as you gradually get back into shape, and never rush into any new activity. For additional advice on working our safely or for any pain you may be dealing with, contact Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC at 202-223-1737 or e-mail info@starclinic.net to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.

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