PACE yourself PUSH yourself!

shown below modified plank using wall 

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Every day is different and every body is different. Knowing when to PUSH yourself and when to slow down and PACE yourself is very important to prevent injuries and gain benefits from a regular workout program. Here are some tips to PACE and PUSH yourself!

  1. Don’t ignore nagging injuries and consult a doctor with any concerns before beginning a workout program. Ignoring an injury may allow you to PUSH through a workout, however healing will take longer and can even exacerbate.
  2.  Take time to survey your body before a workout. Notice how you are standing, if you are favoring the right or left side, if you have any tightness. Only you know how your body is feeling so take time to be aware so you can PUSH safely.
  3. Start incrementally and build. Unless you are a professional athlete and being paid to workout there is no reason to start out full force. Start with 50 percent of what you think you can do and each repetition build to find your PUSH level of exertion or maximum intensity  while listening and respecting your body.
  4.  If you are working out with a trainer or attending a group class be sure to communicate any injuries or concerns. If modifications are not given in a group class ask the instructor to give you one. Don’t be afraid to sit out a set that does not feel right for you.
  5.  Be honest with yourself. Are you unmotivated, tired, sore or injured? Sometimes movement feels better when sore however be aware of any pulling or gripping sensations. If you are unmotivated treat yourself to a RECOVERY treat such as an epson bath, massage, or nap-AFTER the workout!

Make daily movement a part of your life and your body will thank you. Take time for yourself and know when to PUSH yourself and when to PACE yourself during workouts!

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