Don’t let your resolutions fall by the wayside!

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JANUARY 2015 – you started a new workout regimen in January, you’re probably starting to see some benefits from your daily or weekly workouts.

However, you might start seeing some of the downside to them as well. If you are doing the same workout every time, you could be risking an overuse injury by working the same muscles every time.

Often times you get set in a routine of the same work out pattern and don’t realize you could be missing some areas that need regular work out as well. Be sure to vary your work out plans so some days you are working on one area of your body and the next time you are working out a whole other area.

Sponsor-FitnessNot only will this help you to not become bored with the routine, this prevents overuse injury in addition to allowing the muscles to recover in between the days of working out.

  • Have a plan and a goal. You should have a goal in mind of what do you want to achieve with your work out. Are you trying to lose weight or are you trying to tone up? When creating your plan, be sure it’s a balanced work out. Begin slowly and gradually build up in intensity. This alone will help prevent unwanted injuries.
  • Eat healthy. Creating healthy menus and choosing healthy foods reinforces the healthy lifestyle you are trying to create. The correct foods can assist in attaining your goals and help you be energized through your workout.
  • Freshen up your music playlists. If using a mp3 player, make sure you swap out the playlists and keep it fresh with new upbeat tunes.
  • Try a class at the gym to switch things up and meet new workout friends. Making friends or including friends on your journey will help hold you accountable. The support is helpful too.
  • Buy a new workout outfit or tennis shoes. Try purchasing something new to wear to the gym. New tennis shoes or gear has a positive effect on how you feel about yourself and what you are accomplishing.

Stretch before beginning your work out and include cool down time at the end. If you have continued with your workout plan, great job! If you have already fallen off the wagon, try one of the above suggestions to get back on track.

Remember to keep the workout varied and hold yourself accountable and you will see success of your goals.

 

Dr. Lynn McIntosh is a board certified chiropractor, licensed in Kansas and Missouri. In addition to being licensed to provide general chiropractic care, she is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, working with athletes from multiple disciplines on specific sports-related problems and a Certified Acupuncturist. She can be found on the internet at KansasCityChiropractic.com.

 

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