It can be a real struggle to get into regular exercise habits, particularly in the winter months. This winter with pandemic restrictions on top, many people have admitting they aren’t leaving the house during their working week. Some patients have reported taking just 200-300 steps a day, when the recommended daily step count is 10,000. For those who have got into exercise many have started running or online classes which have helped them remain accountable.
But for others sadly leaving the house became a rare event, saying things like:
Some people really struggle with exercise for a variety of reasons, even dating back to school years. If someone tells you, you aren’t sporty, it can be easy to avoid activity altogether. But you don’t need to be the fastest, or most competitive person in your class, to enjoy, and benefit from exercise. Many things we get told in our younger years stay with us, in this case having negative effects on health. We want to quash these beliefs and get you moving more.
‘It’s never too late to start exercising’
From Pilates, to running, weightlifting, bird watching, dancing….. All these activities will promote better all-round health.
However, you still need to take care and listen to your body. Ensuring your form (movement patterns), are correct is vital to safe and beneficial exercise. Injury is not only caused by a sudden known cause, but also by repetitive poor movements during any activity.
It’s important to maintain good posture to preventing injury, while stretching and strengthening areas according to their needs. For instance, if your left hamstring gets tight that’s going to require more attention than your quad. Focused stretching to this area may be enough if caught early enough. If not we recommend you consult a healthcare professional (such as a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Osteopath) to establish the cause of your imbalance, and prevent it progressing to a more sinister injury.