Work Up to Working Out

If warm spring temperatures are inspiring you to get active and shape up, that’s great! Just make sure to do things the right way to avoid pain or injury. Here are six rules to stick to when jumping into a fitness routine:

Warm up. Muscle tissue becomes less flexible as we age. So warm up by walking for a few minutes, then slowly begin stretching your back and legs before moving on to more intense movement.
Work up to it. When starting a new fitness routine, increase your activity in gradual increments of no more than 10 percent a week.
Treat your feet. Your shoes can help protect you from trips, falls, and injuries, so choose the right type for the sport or activity you plan to participate in. Ask other players, coaches, and the staff at your local sporting goods store for recommendations.
Perfect your technique. Some injuries (like tennis elbow) happen when you’re unfamiliar with a sport and are making improper movements. So if you’re trying out an activity you’ve never done before, get some coaching or do some research before diving in.
Wear a helmet. Did you know that adults are twice as likely as kids to die from a head injury? So if you ride a bike, play baseball, or rollerblade, always wear the proper headgear.

Hydrate. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and replenish the fluids and nutrients you lose during workouts. Have a glass of water before you begin, and take a break every 20 to 30 minutes for more.

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