Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to be healthier, to get into shape in 2013? Hopefully your fitness endeavor is still going strong when we are 10 days into new year. Even if you feel discouraged, keep going for another 20 or so days – after that it will get a lot easier. We usually need to stick with a new fitness related behavior for 4-6 weeks until it really becomes a routine that is easier to maintain, and sometimes even addictive.
While I wholeheartedly promote healthy lifestyle – eating low-fat, quality food, exercising on purpose and for necessity, there are some fitness trends that make me shake my head. Exercise videos. Home workouts are absolutely awesome for the busy people who don’t have an access to other kinds of fitness facilities and need ideas for an effective fitness programs but at the same time they should know what they are doing, and be in a decent shape already. The discouragement of fitness routines easily comes from pain and agony caused by workouts – either in the form of post-workout soreness after doing too much too soon (there is positive post-workout soreness too, though) or injuries.
Especially the new fitness enthusiasts would greatly benefit from group lessons with a real instructor, or a few hours of Personal Training. In these real human connections, a trained professional can show the correct, safe movements. Did you for example know that in a forward lunge your front knee needs to be lined up with the heel, and a little bit behind the foot when the front knee is at a 90-degree angle? If the knee leans over your foot, there is a good chance to create patella injuries. Patella (or any knee) injuries are a real pain, literally, to recover from. And they are also frequently seen among overweight exercisers.
So if your goal this year is to get into shape and shed extra pounds, and it has been a while since your active workouts, check with your Doctor that you are good to go before doing anything. And if the Doctor finds any restrictions that you should be aware of, make a note of them. Then, start working out in a safe environment on group classes or consult a professional trainer or fitness knowledgeable friend to get started. This will save you from unnecessary pain, and helps you to stick with the fitness routines. After all, there is nothing better than a great workout.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” (Jim Rohn)
The inspiration for this blog posting came from my discussions with fellow Personal Trainers who I have recommend to some of potential new PT clients during this post-Christmas personal training season.