The launch of National Fitness Day in the UK is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays; and raises awareness of its importance in helping us all lead healthier and active lifestyles. Autumn is naturally a time for change and brings with it new exercise regimes and activities.
There are so many wonderful activities to be inspired by and take part in. But when taking up any new activity or form of exercise there are certain things you need to be aware of. We have provided you with a few tips to make sure your autumn is full of joy and remains injury free:
Advice – If you are looking at taking up any new exercise or fitness class it’s always wise to seek the help of a health care practitioner or doctor before you start, and where possible seek the help of a coach or experienced teacher. Booking a one-to-one session before you commit yourself to anything is a great idea. This is also a good way to make sure you are carrying out the activity correctly and with less chance of injury.
Ease – into any new activity. Don’t start anything too fast, too soon and too much.
Balance – Try not to do too much of one exercise routine. Mix up your activities, for instance with strength and stretching classes, cross fit, cycling, swimming and yoga.
Warm up – As we age, the connective tissues and muscles around our joints are less flexible and less pliable, which means it’s not a good idea to go from the desk to the gym without a warm up first – that is a sure way to injury yourself.
Just just a 5-10 minute warm up will get blood pumping to your muscles and soft tissues and warm up your entire musculoskeletal system. As your body begins to generate heat, your connective tissues soften and become more pliable and are then less prone to injury.
Listen – Listening to your body – those muscles and joints will know if you are pushing them too far or causing harm.
Pain – Delayed muscle soreness is normal after exercise, especially anything new. If you feel pain when you are doing any form of exercise, stop. Seek help from a health care practitioner if you are injured or your pain lasts more than 48 hours.
If you need any help or advice in choosing the right level of activity for you, or you are in pain as a result, please contact any of our health care practitioners, physiotherapists and osteopaths they would be happy to talk to you.
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