Getting Summer Ready: Tips to stay injury free in your workout regime
With a run of warmer weather, our motivation spikes to increase our fitness and optimise our body shape. This rapid rise can be a recipe for disaster in terms of injuries, especially if you have been in hibernation. Our tips to stay safe in your ‘get summer ready’ fitness regime are:
-If you have had a few months off- you undoubtedly would of deconditioned- so don’t try to jump straight in where you left off.
-Increase your intensity slowly, but surely, approximately 10-20% per week.
-Have rest days
-If you feel a ‘niggle’ or pain- get it checked sooner rather than later
-Get plenty of sleep
-Include a stretch regime, even if it is only a few minutes before bed
-Compression garments can help delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
-Include strength components in your regime eg: if your running you should have 2 strength days a week plus one rest day.
-Have fun- it will motivate you to continue, even into the colder weather