Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Exercise More?

Many, many people, every year, decide that their New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise. And almost as many people give up before February. Read on for some tips on sticking to your new exercise routine and exercising safely while you’re at it!

What Can Exercise Do for You?

There are so many benefits to exercise: it can help you to manage your stress, it can help you to sleep better, it can help you to maintain a healthy weight, it strengthens your bones and muscles, it reduces the risk of disease, it boosts your energy, and it improves your mood.

All of that being said, if you aren’t used to a lot of physical activity or if you have a health condition, you should see your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen.

Tips for Your New Exercise Routine

It can be difficult to stick with your New Year’s resolution about exercising more, but here are a few things that might help:

  • Find something you enjoy. It may be hard for you to believe, but there are actual ways of exercising that can be fun! Keep looking -- if an aerobics class just isn’t for you, there’s no shame in quitting that to give tennis lessons a try.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. You don’t have to jog 10 miles a day to get the benefits of an exercise routine. You also shouldn’t beat yourself up if you feel like you aren’t doing enough, which will only discourage you from exercising at all.
  • Start slow. It’s great to be motivated, but jumping into an intense workout regimen right off the bat could lead to discouragement (and an injury). If you are new to exercise, start slowly, with a low-intensity exercise such as walking.
  • Make sure you have the right gear. It is especially important to find comfortable shoes – you won’t want to exercise if it just causes you pain.

As you begin your new workout regimen for the new year, are you starting to feel the effects of an old sports injury? Specialty Orthopaedics can help. Contact the office in Harrison, New York, for an appointment. Call 914-686-0111 today!

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