Warmer weather is finally emerging. And with the warmer weather comes the
urge to get outside and active. But before you get started, take a few
Whether your little one is playing a spring sport or you’re just
heading outdoors for a run, you want to be sure to do so safely.
When you’ve been relatively sedentary all winter long (yep, we’re
talking to you!), it’s important to ease back into activity, rather
than jumping in feet first.
Let’s take a look at four tips for getting out and active again,
but not injured!
Pace yourself. Yes, we know: When it’s beautiful outside, it can be tempting to
go for a longer run or spend a little more time on the soccer field. But
that isn’t the best idea, at least not at first.
Start slowly and build your way up. If you’re heading out to run,
for example, run a couple miles the first couple times, then add to that
distance as you’re able.
Otherwise, you run the risk of burning out—or of overstressing a
body that isn’t quite used to exercise right now.
Strike a balance. Whether you’re the one getting active or your little one is, it’s
important to be well-rounded, physically.
If you’re participating in a sport, you’re probably getting
in plenty of cardio. But you need to balance that cardio with
activities that work your body in different ways, including some type of resistance training and flexibility exercises.
While it might seem like cardio gets you the “most bang for your
buck,” research has actually shown that a good balance of physical
activity is what benefits people the most.
Stretch it out. Don’t—we repeat, don’t—jump straight into activity
when you hit the ballpark.
To prevent injury and keep your body in peak form, it’s vitally important
for you to
warm up your body before activity and cool it down once you’re done. This helps bring
your heart rate to an appropriate place
and gets your muscles in fighting shape!
Don’t forget to rest. Even if you’re an avid exerciser, you still need days off.
Taking a day or two off in the course of a week is good for your body,
because it allows it to recover from strenuous activity. This makes you
even more equipped for activity the next time you hit the practice field
or get in a game!
Did you end up with a sport injury despite your best efforts? Your doctor
can help get you on the path to healing. Find a doctor here.