It's the New Year and it's time to reboot your fitness. But before you jump right in, here are a few things for you to consider to avoid injuries in 2015.
See a doctor - yes, the doctor is a great place to go before you start a new fitness routine, especially if you have been rather couch potatoish for the last year. They will give you a good baseline health report, which can help you determine this year's health goals.
Train with a group - accountability is huge when starting a new fitness plan. If you plan to run with your friend Jane in the morning, chances are you will get up to not let her down, whereas if she wasn't going with you, it would be easier to hit the snooze button.
Warm up - before you head out the door to run around the neighborhood or bike Mole Hill, make sure you get your muscles warm and do some stretching. The last thing you need is a pulled muscle! Dave and Erik can suggest some go-to streches for both cycling and running.
Go slow - remember what we said in one of our earlier posts, go slow and build up to longer/more intense work outs. You'll get the best progress if you gradually work towards a goal instead of going overboard.
Hydrate - drink, drink, drink! Water in the morning, water before meals, water during exercise.
Don't stop - when you meet your goals, don't stop. Avoid being sedentary so your body will always be in good condition. When our bodies aren't properly exercised we make ourselves more susceptible to injury!