“No pain, no gain” is a common motivational phrase often used in Triangle exercise and fitness circles. However, the premise couldn’t be more wrong. As it turns out, even too much of a healthy thing (like diet and exercise) can wreak havoc on the body.
Whether a novice exerciser or a well-seasoned athlete, it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes less is more. The dedicated personal trainers at Fit For Life 24 in Apex want exercise to be enjoyable, focusing on consistency with achievable results. Part of fitness success and great health is knowing when to take a break or change routines.
Our team of professionals in Apex wants our Fit for Life membership to consider the following four points that will help to minimize injury:
- Integrate variety into fitness: Recent studies have shown that individuals specializing in one activity (to the exclusion of all else) suffer more overuse injuries than multi-dimensional exercisers. Be sure to trade off a favorite workout with activities that use (and stress) different body parts. For example, instead of running five days a week, run three and swim the other two.
- Start slowly and warm up: When trying a new activity, it might take a couple tries to get up to speed—and that’s ok. It might even be helpful to work with a personal trainer, physical therapist, or athletic trainer to ensure unfamiliar activities are being performed safely and effectively. After all, many injuries can be attributed to common errors.
- Recovery is both critical and essential: Failing to allow the body to recover adequately increases the chances of injury and has a negative effect on future performance. After a tough workout, it’s not necessary to be completely sedentary. Instead, use the recovery day to work in a low impact activity like yoga or walking.
- The body knows best so listen to it: If chronic muscle soreness, insomnia, or frequent illness sounds familiar, consider cutting back on exercise for a while. Exercising either too much or too hard triggers the release of cortisol (a stress hormone) leading to a myriad of undesirable side effects.
Over-exercising can lead to inflammation, injury, tissue damage, and even heart problems. It’s admirable to be dedicated to a consistent workout routine, but there’s really no need for workouts to be too long and hard to keep up.
Fit For Life 24 in Apex provides a variety of resources to get hearts pumping and muscles moving! Call or stop in today and let our personal trainers show you how consistent exercise can improve your life.
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Apex Fit for Life 24
809 Perry Road
Apex NC 27502
919 629 6212
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