It’s a new year and you’re energized with your resolution for better fitness or noticeable weight loss. Exercise can be exhilarating, the initial adrenaline addicting in comparison to the lethargic winter months that might have led up to making your resolution. One of the key strategies with leading a more active lifestyle is to plan out your entire year for a healthy fitness plan instead of burning up your energy and your body in those first couple of months with an over-zealous initial approach to getting in shape. Too much initial and intensive exercise can actually be bad for you.
Recovery time is key when diving into a high-intensity exercise regime. Overspending yourself can lead to a weak immune system, exhaustion, depression, weak muscles, sleep disorders, a short temper and several other detrimental things that hurt your body more than help it become its physical best. Your resting heart rate can also elevate without the proper balanced fitness program. Entering into a high-intensity exercise program, or not recuperating enough in between programs, can even lead to physical injury and inflammation from taxed and weak muscles and tendons. Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, cancer and other serious conditions.
It’s important to start off at a level that you feel comfortable at and document your progress. With weights, keep a sheet of your routine with the weights allotted for each type. Make the progress slowly up through weight progression through the year to properly build and tone muscle. The same goes for your cardio – make the progression in time, incline or distance steadily through the year. Make sure your routine is well rounded with various types of exercise for optimal balance and always remember to incorporate stretching and cool downs.
For the best results, see a medical provider, such as a physical therapist, to help design a conditioning program best for you and your fitness level.