Sometimes when starting a new exercise regime, or getting ‘back on the wagon’, or simply as we get older, we can sometimes overdo it on the exercise front. To get stronger and fitter, it is important to get out of your comfort zone and work out hard, but it’s just as important to work in rest and regeneration as part of the exercise journey. Otherwise, you may feel so tired and stiff, or potentially injure yourself, to a degree that you give up completely, which isn’t helpful over the long-term.
To have a balanced approach to exercise includes:-
- Giving yourself time. Don’t work the same muscle groups two days in a row. Find alternating and interesting exercise plans or activities that work different parts of your body each day.
- Drink plenty of water. Its important to replenish your body so it can repair and rebuild itself.
- Eat quality foods. These can include high quality proteins like greens, fish and lean meats, and whole carbohydrates, especially vegetables and whole grains.
- Stretch. Stretching gives for a slow cool down and soothes your muscles, helping with recovery.
- Massage. Getting a massage is great, but if cost or time are prohibitive, self massage using a massage roller or similar tool can be useful.
- Sleep more. Most of the repair to muscles occurs during sleep, so regular sleep should follow regular exercise.
- Start off carefully. Don’t overdo it, especially when an exercise or routine is new to you.