Winter is just getting ramped up this year and there are sure to be a few rain and snowstorms across the country. Around this time of the year, we see a drastic increase in exercise-related injuries. This increase in injuries is usually caused by people sticking to their same exercise routine through the cold of winter. Your normally quiet and relaxing morning jog can turn into a slick and icy path full of potential injuries. This year, keep yourself healthy and injury free by following these three simple tips. If you would like to learn more about great exercises to beat the winter weather, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today!
The first thing you need to do to ensure that you avoid unnecessary exercise injuries is to warm up your muscles. Contrary to popular belief, it is immensely important to do a short warm-up before your stretches. A proper warm-up should consist of about 5-10 minutes of light cardio or basic exercises. During the winter, it is a good idea to add an additional 5-10 minutes to your warm-up. A solid 15 minutes of light jogging or low-intensity exercises should be sufficient to get your muscles loosened up and get your body ready to stretch.
After your short warm-up, your muscles should be ready to move onto stretching. Your stretches should be tailored to the type of exercises you are going to be doing for your workout. You can and should target the exact muscle groups that will be hit hardest during your workouts. For cardio and leg day, it is important to stretch your calves, thighs, and even your feet. When you are going into the gym to do an upper body workout, make sure you spend time focusing on your shoulders, pectorals, and your arms. By implementing an extended warm-up regiment and partnering it with some easy stretches, you can greatly reduce your risk of injury.
The best way to avoid cold-related injuries is to escape the cold altogether! But finding the perfect gym to workout in can be tough. You want to find a place where the equipment is great, but the fees aren’t too high. You might want to join a few classes, play some tennis, or maybe you just want to put your headphones in and go for a quick run. Five Seasons is the perfect mix of all of your gym needs. With elite level personal trainers and more than enough equipment for even the busiest of times, you will find everything you need in one place.
If you are looking to stay in great shape this winter while avoiding the potential risks that come with the cold weather, there is no replacement for a great gym. All five of the Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs are fully equipped with top of the line equipment and knowledgeable staff and trainers that can help keep you healthy and fit throughout the year. Come in today to see what makes Five Seasons the perfect place to exercise this year.