By Tonya Ridley, PT
Many of us are hoping that 2021 brings us lots of positive change. Maybe you decided that to create change and positivity you need to be healthier in both mind and body.
The good news is a consistent exercise routine can happen right at home with little to no exercise equipment.
Make the most of 2021 by setting goals and writing them down. Have a plan to achieve your goals. First, identify the activities and environments that you truly enjoy. Identify workouts you will actually look forward to doing on a regular basis. Do you enjoy music? Body pump or Zumba classes can be found online or at a gym. Is competition your thing? Sign-up for some short races and build from there. Maybe you would rather be one on one with a trainer creating a personalized program.
Start slowly with whatever routine you choose and build up gradually. Give yourself plenty of time to warm up and stretch prior to your workout. It is best to start with just 2 to 3 days per week and build gradually.
You will often experience muscle soreness with initial workouts as your body is not used to the activity. Soreness should only last a few days. To avoid injury with workouts, make sure to learn the proper technique of the exercise before jumping in head first, start gradually, warm up, stay hydrated, cool down with stretching following the activity, and most importantly listen to your body – don’t push through pain.
If you sustain an injury during exercise, remember that physical therapy can help! Give us a call at Tulsa Bone & Joint Physical Therapy at 918-392-1482 or request an appointment online.