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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.
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