Too Much Too Soon

With the warmer weather, I have noticed that everyone is venturing outdoors. It is nice to see so many people getting active.

I grew up on a farm, so enjoy getting outside to garden. I can’t wait to plant my flowers. I have talked to many people, who feel the same. There is something mentally therapeutic about gardening. It is also an excellent way to get physically active.  

If you haven’t done a lot of exercises over the winter, don’t do too much too soon. Take it slow to prevent injuries. Do your yard clean-up in stages. Take breaks. Prevent back pain by using your legs to lift heavy loads. When picking up raked leaves, don’t twist and lift at the same time.

Since the sun’s rays are getting stronger, remember to wear a hat and sun screen. After a long winter indoors, our skin is not used to the elements. If exposed to too much sun and wind, you’ll get burned. You may also get skin cancer. Take precautions and protect your skin.

If you are new to exercise, start slow and enjoy the activity. At first, you’ll feel strong enough to push/test your limits. If you push too hard, your muscles will feel stiff and sore for days after. If you do too much, too soon, you’ll get injured or give up on activities that are good for you. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Give your muscles adequate time to recover between work-outs.

Don’t pick the hottest time of the day to start working-out. If you do too much too soon in the heat, you may experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Find cooler times to work-up a sweat and stay hydrated. Start training now, so that you gradually get used to exercising in warmer weather (which we hope to get soon).

Whatever you do, do it safely. Resist the urge to do too much, too soon. Get active but stay injury free.

Go-Getters Inc puts the “health” into health and safety at the workplace. With our injury prevention and wellness workshops and our group fitness classes, we reduce sick leave, stress and compensation claims. Contact Go-Getters Inc today: 403 481 8175.