Avoid injuries when getting back into shape

May 7, 2013

With summer rapidly approaching, you may be thinking about getting back into shape after a long winter of hibernation. While it's certainly a good idea to start exercising again – staying fit will keep you happy and healthy – you want to be careful about jumping back in too quickly and potentially injuring yourself.

Find a fitness treadmill that will work with you
Running on a home treadmill that will reduce the impact on your joints and knees is key to avoiding injury as you start getting back in shape. The best-selling TRUE Fitness PS300 treadmill comes equipped with an orthopedic belt, which is specifically designed to decrease the likelihood of injury so you can have a more comfortable run. Its side handrails also make the PS300 extremely safe for fitness novices.

Start slow
Even if you worked out on a regular basis just a few months or years ago, don't assume that your body can still handle that same level of exercise intensity. If you used to run five miles a day, consider that a goal to work toward, not a starting point. If you don't ease yourself in gradually you could sustain an injury, which would completely derail your workout plan.

Get plenty of rest
If you stick to low-intensity exercise, you should be able to work out every day. However, high-intensity training requires at least two to three days of rest in between each session. If you give your body time to recover, you will be able to do more during each workout.

Mix it up
Another great way to reduce your risk of injury as you get back in shape is to regularly switch up your fitness routine. Run a mile or two on your home treadmill one day, and concentrate on strength training the next. By working different muscle groups, you will have more effective workouts and build up your strength.