{February 20, 2012}   Working out…the smart way

When most of us work out after being away from the gym for a while, we feel invincible. Stepping onto that eliptical, we feel motivated and ready to take on a new year of health and fitness. But about a minute into the workout, all that gung ho spirit seems to disappear with our energy. So when you’re working out for the first time, or even for the first time in a few weeks, remember to take it slow. Your body isn’t going to be used to such exertion, and taking your first few workouts too far can lead to pulled muscles and a lot of frustration. Perhaps the most important thing to do before starting any workout routine, is to make sure you know what you’re doing. Playing the guessing game when it comes to your workouts is never smart or healthy. Do your research and find out which workout routine will fit your body and lifestyle. Build up to a workout schedule you know you can stick to, and write down which days and times you plan on going. If you make it a priority, you will find time to do it. Know your body and its limits. It’s good to push yourself, but remember the goal is to make yourself fit, not run yourself into the ground. Instead of looking at working out as a temporary chore, make it a part of your weekly schedule.

And while you have healthy living on your mind, check out this video offering a quick, healthy snack option.


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