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Getting into shape should always be a marathon, not a sprint, even when you aren’t actually running.
You’ve started to notice that you feel and look a little out of shape and you want to change that.
You make a goal to get healthier again and decide joining a gym will help. You get to the gym and start your workout but about halfway through you are just dying. And not dying because you are pushing yourself physically, but actually feeling intense pain that you know isn’t right.
And it probably isn’t.
If it’s been a while since you last exercised consistently, whether that means a couple months or a couple years, there are a few things that are going to be good to know to make sure you don’t push yourself a little too hard to avoid causing an injury that forces you to wait to exercise again for another couple months.
Here are five of those important things to remember when you start exercising to make it a good healthy habit not just for now, but for the rest of your life.

1. Warming up shouldn’t be an option

Most likely, you aren’t 16 anymore, but even if you are, warming up is an essential part of an exercise and will not only help to get your heart rate up and ready for exercise but will help your body to exercise more effectively and prevent unnecessary injury.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, warming up gets your blood flowing, raises your muscle temperature, and speeds up your breathing rate.
A warm-up doesn’t have to be anything too complicated, but the time you spend warming up does need to be adjusted by your fitness level and the type of workout you are doing.

2. Stretch, stretch, then stretch again

Probably the number one rule of sports medicine and one that any personal trainer will tell you is that stretching before and after you exercise is pretty essential.
Stretching can be a good thing to add to your warm-up because you actually have to warm up your muscles before you stretch them because trying to stretch cold muscles is not a good idea.
Stretching is something that a lot of people think they can skip, but skipping out on stretching is really just making your body lose out on the flexibility that it needs to help you exercise and also recover from those exercises.

3. Drink a lot of water

It seems like a no-brainer to know that drinking lots of water is really good for you and important to do, but it should also be a no-brainer to know that when you start exercising you are going to have to increase the amount of water you drink.
Staying hydrated will give your body the strength and energy it needs to push through exercising and give your muscles the oxygen they need to work well and rebuild themselves after your exercise.

4. Feed your body

Just as important as staying hydrated is, eating the proper foods to give you the energy to exercise will help rebuild and help recover those muscles after you use them.
Proper nutrition is an essential part of your body’s overall health, and it will probably be hard to see the results you want if you only exercise and don’t eat right. Doing both hands will help you to achieve your fitness goals.

5. Get enough shut-eye

The magic formula for a truly healthy body and especially for those who are trying to get healthy and perhaps lose some weight is sleep, eat right, and exercise.
If you are not getting enough sleep eating healthy and exercising still won’t be enough because your body will be left weak and vulnerable if it is exhausted, and you will be disappointed as well because a tired body won’t be able to exercise as hard as you want it to.
Try to get enough sleep to allow your body to re-energize, and be ready for all that it needs to take on when you begin to exercise again.
Wood pallets can be great for storage, but they also can have some pretty cute and useful applications as well.
When you see a wood pallet you probably don’t think too much about it, other than how useful it is to ship large cargo or for use in storing large quantities of objects.
But these wood pallets actually have many other uses that some may not think about just by looking at them.
Here are seven fun and creative ideas for wood pallets that are more out of the box, but will leave you wanting to get some for yourself to try them out.

1. A DIY ottoman

Ottomans are a great and trendy piece of home décor that can really transform a living space and also add some much-needed seating or place to rest your feet.
The problem is that sometimes to find the right one that is large enough and the right size and color to fit your room can be difficult and expensive.
But with a challenger pallet or other types of wood pallets, you can actually make your own!
All it takes is some material and padding and wallah! You have a cute ottoman you made yourself that perfectly fits in your living room at a fraction of the price.

2. A cute and rustic coffee table

Just like the ottoman, most people need or want a cute coffee table to put in their living room.
A great way to save some money and go with the rustic and farmhouse decorative style that is pretty popular is to use a wood pallet to make a coffee table.
You can make it really simple and just sand and add a top coat or two, or get more creative and put two together and add another piece of wood on top and four legs on the bottom and paint it to the color of your liking.

3. A shoe shelf

Have a lot of shoes and nowhere to put them? A wood pallet could be the answer to your problem!
All you have to do is cut the pallet to your liking and the ridges in between each pallet become a great place to put all your shoes.

4. An easy headboard

Headboards are a piece of furniture that can really take your bed to the next level but can also be pretty pricey.
Wood pallets can be used to make an awesome headboard that you can transform to however you want it to look without spending a lot of money.

5. Affordable garden boxes

Been thinking about starting a garden?
Just gather a couple of wood pallets together and fill them with dirt and plants and you have yourself some affordable garden boxes.

6. Cool pot rack

As was said before, the rustic look is really in, and using wood pallets in your kitchen as a hanging pot rack is a great way to tie in that trend.
Not only will it look great, but it will mean easy access to your pots and pans when you need them to cook up a delicious meal.

7. Pinterest worthy art

Have a blank wall that is just screaming for a piece of art? A wood pallet can be the answer to that problem.
Just paint over one or two with some bright paint or paint a cute pattern on them and you’ve got yourself some cute art for the wall for basically free.