Happy New Year! I know all that sugar and cheese has got you thinking about becoming a workout Queen (or King). Maybe you’re thinking that by the end of January you are going to be working out 5 days a week… heck with that, you're pulling 2-a-days y’all. Good on ya. But first ask yourself some questions.
What was my routine like before the holidays?
If you had a strong fitness routine before the holidays, chances are you can ease back in without too many hiccups. However, if you just coming off a desk job during the week, and binging college football or netflix on the weekends, or *insert wintertime activity*, then you might take pause.
Am I in this for the long haul, or am I going to come on strong and maybe fade off by the time March Madness*insert spring distraction* rolls around?
Usually the first two weeks are the hardest. Energy is low, muscles are sore and it hurts to get in and out of the car, let alone sit down to go the bathroom :x So be understanding to yourself.
Set ridiculously easy goals.
Think about being active twice a week. It adds something to your schedule without overloading it. It gives your body time to recover and hydrate while also gets you use to doing more laundry :P When you start hitting twice a week consistently and can get in and out of chair without too much pain, CELEBRATE! Buy a new sports bra, or some new socks, and then kick it up to 3 days week. And then 4 days week. And then, well, I think you get it.
Remember that life gets busy.
But rather than throwing everything out the window and moving up to the next notch in your belt. Remember that twice a week can still keep you moving in the right direction. Keep twice a week in your life for your health, your mindset, or if you’re me, to at least to avoid the leg numbing soreness.
Dr. Drwencke is a sports chiropractor, speaker, & clinical athlete in San Francisco. Her posts reflect some of the day to day interactions and questions from patients and clients. Dr. Drwencke strives to empower people through injury rehab and sports performance to lead healthy, productive lives.