Easing Back into an Exercise Routine

Easing back into activity may seem daunting. And, many don't know where to start. Adam Eresuma from LDS Hospital Joint Center gives tips for those in this exact situation.

People take time off of exercising for many reasons. No matter the reason for being inactive, everybody needs to ease back into exercising rather than jumping back into the grind right away.

This is because of lack of muscle strength, flexibility and balance. Without warming up and utilizing these components of your body, you have a higher likelihood of injuring yourself.

Eresuma said the best ways to reduce the chances of injury on your return to exercising is to choose your activities wisely, use proper form and participate in adequate warm-up, stretching, and cool-down sessions.

Gradually returning activity to without overdoing it is key. Too rapid a return can lead to other problems like stress fractures and tendinitis.

Start with some form of low-impact exercise, like walking or swimming and try to do a little more each day. Begin with a 5 to 10 minute warm-up and end with a similar 5 to 10 minute cool-down. And the most important thing to remember: Listen to your body and let it guide you in your return to activity.

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