Are you ready? Some key tips to keep in mind as you transition from the wet and cold winter to the warm and sunny summer:
- For many of us, the summer months bring out the desire to get outside and resume activities that may have lain dormant for most or all of the winter months. Activities like golfing, gardening and cycling use the muscular and skeletal systems in ways that likely differ from what you have been doing all winter. It’s important to let your trainer know if you plan to start these activities so that they can help you better prepare your body for them. Having a strong foundation is vital for injury prevention and optimal performance!
- Are you planning to travel this summer? Don’t succumb to complete inactivity. Small breaks are needed for rest and recovery; however, keeping some level of activity during a holiday will ensure you don’t lose the foundation you have worked so hard to build. Again, we urge you to talk to your trainer before heading off on holiday to get some tips or to devise a program to keep you on track.
- Spring clean your routine; check in with your trainer about new goals, get a reassessment, plan new activities and prepare for them properly to avoid weekend warrior syndrome (when you don’t exercise during the week and then push yourself too hard on the weekend).
Enjoy the warmer weather and outdoors but try not to abandon your training routine completely. It will help maintain your foundation, prepare and supplement your summer activities, prevent injury, and ensure you don’t have to start all over again in the fall. Stay safe and have an amazing summer!