Spring is here, and you know what that means: warmer temperatures and sunny days! With the snow melting and nicer weather, it can be tempting to break out of your gym routine and hit the trail. But before you lace up your shoes, here are six spring training safety tips to help you safely re-enter the great outdoors:
It can be easy to get caught up in the warm weather and overdo your first workout. We are all sick of winter, and want to jump right back into our previous exercise routines. However, one important rule for preventing pain and injury is to increase your training time, frequency, and intensity no more than 10%. This might seem small, but this gradual increase will keep you safe, healthy, and exercising!
3. Listen to your body.
Starting or transitioning to new exercise routines can lead to some minor muscle aches and soreness. However, if you are feeling any pain during your exercise, stop immediately! This could be the sign of an injury or a potential injury.
4. Protect your skin.
We are all anxious to soak up the warm springtime sun. But be prepared and lather up with sunscreen! Remember to use on all exposed skin areas, and don’t forget the ears and back of the neck.
5. Rest and recover.
Taking rest days is just as important as slowly increasing your training. The rest days will help your muscles recover and build up even stronger!
6. Mix it up.
Varying your exercise routines can work different muscle groups, reduce the risk of overuse injuries, and even improve performance. So if you are training for a 5K, take advantage of ALL the outdoor workout opportunities. Try hiking, biking, and outdoor fitness classes!