Things to Consider When Starting a New Exercise

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With the beginning of a new year, many of us have the intention or goal to get back in shape and resolve to start exercising; especially after a joyous holiday season of indulgence and eating. While it is known that exercise is beneficial and essential for living a healthy life, what most people don’t know is that not all exercises and types of physical activity are suited for everyone.

If you haven’t exercised in awhile, you might not know where to begin. It is recommended that you discuss any new exercises or physical activity with your doctor or your professional health care provider prior to beginning.

A history of certain diseases and conditions or past physical injury may affect the type of exercise you can safely begin. Physiotherapists specialize in addressing injuries or health issues affecting muscles, bones, and nerves. They often work with athletes and active individuals, and can provide a wealth of guidance for those looking to begin exercising.

Physiotherapists can identify areas of muscle weakness, uncover causes of musculoskeletal pain, and teach clients proper exercise technique to reduce the likelihood of injury such as muscle strains or ligament sprains. Adults should aim to achieve at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day.

    Types of moderate intensity activities may include:
  • Brisk walking
  • Swimming aerobics
  • Brisk cycling
  • Light hiking
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
    Types of vigorous intensity activites may include:
  • Jogging or running
  • Swimming laps
  • Cycling at a faster pace
  • Uphill hiking
  • Jumping rope
  • Weight training
  • Lastly, don’t forget to warm up prior to exercising, stretch after a workout, and stay hydrated.
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