Spring is here!
The sun is shining and we are ready to shed our layers of winter clothing (and perhaps layers of extra holiday treats) and get moving outside! Lace up your sneakers, put on some comfy clothes and grab your basketball - let's go!
WAIT A MINUTE!
The above is what we're all thinking....but to prevent injury and keep that spring feeling going, let's slow down first and get prepared. Above all, visit your doctor for a quick check-up and get clearance to exercise (yes, even walking is considered exercise). Next, select proper attire for your chosen activity. Get some new shoes if necessary - walkers get walking shoes. Running? Get some running shoes. Do not think that you can "economize" in this area. Certain activities are NOT interchangeable and neither is attire. START SLOWLY. Don't be the weekend warrior setting yourself up for injury when rushing out to play four hours on the front nine with zero warm-up. If you want to run, start by walking even at a brisk clip. Slowly increase your intensity as your current activity becomes easier for you. REALIZE that indoor conditions are very different from outdoor siuations. Traffic, (both auto and pedestrian), uneven sidewalks, potholes, wind, and other environmental conditions will increase the intensity and difficulty of your usual indoor workout. Slowly adapt to the new conditions. Stretch AFTER your workout. Your muscles will be warmed up, you increase your flexibility and may even prevent or decrease the severity of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Let's recap:
- Get your PCP's clearance for activity
- Chose proper activity attire
- Start slowly
- Recognize the different outdoor versus indoor conditions
- Stretch after your activity
Simple, yet often forgotten tips to enjoy spring and cruise right into summer. New get outside and breathe in that fresh air!