So we have started a new year 2014 and with a new year comes new year’s resolutions. One for many is to become more fit and active. However, jumping into physical activity after a long period of inactivity needs some planning.
First get clearance by your medical doctor. You want to make sure that your body can handle the activity. Next you want to increase your activity slowly. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You cannot expect to run a 5 minute mile the first time you do it. Increasing the activity level slowly will help decrease your chance of injury. Make sure that you stretch before and after physical activity.
Increasing activity can cause the muscle to tighten and contract and this can cause pain. You definitely want to focus on the muscle groups that you are working. If you are feeling a recurring ache or pain, you should seek medical attention. The muscle group that was exercised should feel tender for a day or so but if it hurts for longer or the joint hurts this could a more serious medical issue and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014.