This year so far seems to have gotten many people getting back into fitness, with people taking up a variety of activities including dance, badminton, weight training and swimming.
It’s admirable for sure.
But while that’s impressive, the number of people who have been injuring themselves in the process is even more impressive.
I’m afraid to say it, but you’re not the young, robust warrior that you once were.
Which is why if you’re getting back into training, I want you to do it safely by keeping these tips in mind.
#1- Start With A Sensible Plan In Mind.
When starting out, it is easy to get over enthusiastic and dive straight into the deep end by training 5 days a week.
There’s no reason you can’t train 5 days a week… just not yet.
You need to give your body time to recover after each workout.
If you train 5 days a week, you’ll not recover and you’ll end up being sore the whole time, or at worst, you’ll end up with an injury and not be able to train at all.
Start with 2 to 3 days a week first, do half the amount of time exercising that you think you can do and do it at half the intensity too.
This way at least you won’t injure yourself straight away.
#2- Your Joints Are As Important As The Rest Of The Body
Most of the injuries I see in clinic are due to a lack of flexibility in the muscles or a lack of mobility in the joints.
In my opinion, many of the injuries I see could have been avoided.
Be more proactive than reactive.
The common restricted areas are your shoulders, hips and lower back.
So rather than just doing a few basic stretches before or after the gym, spend more time in the week actively trying to improve your range of motion in your joints.
Some useful tools include;
- Sports Massage
- Foam Rolling
- Massage Balls
- Joint Specific Stretches (look up MobilityWOD in YouTube)
#3- Hire A Trainer
A personal trainer is a proven way to get results and safely (assuming they are a good trainer).
They can see what you need to work on and they have the experience to know what works.and what doesn’t and they can also teach you how to do things with the right technique.
I’ve seen bad trainers in action and it is literally car crash TV; spending more time looking at their phone than their client, not paying attention to the client’s feedback and concerns, and training their client into the ground just because they can.
Here at Precision Wellbeing our trainers are absolutely top class and will always have you as their sole focus.
Not only will you be taught how to do things properly, but you will be given quality attention and sessions specific to your goals and abilities.
#4 Join A Small Group Training Programme
Training with a trainer 1 to 1 might not be your cup of tea for whatever reason.
This is why we have launched Small Group Training.
It is just like having your own personal trainer, but with 3 other people like you being trained at the same time, therefore also costing less per session.
It’s not a group exercise class; you’re not there to do circuits or some insane aerobics routine.
You’re there to be taught what to do and how to do it so that you get stronger and fitter in a controlled and safe environment.
It is literally the perfect way to get results.
If you’re still here reading this then I think this small group training will be perfect for you.
Click on the link below to find out more details and to find out how to apply;