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Smart Tips for the Weekend Warrior

Busy work schedules don’t leave much time for hours of exercise during the week. This is why a lot of us end up being weekend warriors. We might squeeze a couple of short workouts in during the week, but we all know many of us save our more intensive exercise for the weekend.

So, how can you incorporate safety into your lifestyle?

1. Exercise during the week

Inconsistent exercise leads to injury. Even if it’s just 30 minutes every other day, exercising during the week will help your overall fitness and make your weekend workouts more productive (and more fun)! Go for a walk, take a jog or spend some time on a bike. Also, make sure you’re stretching.

2. Ease into it

Especially when learning a new sport or activity, take your time to learn the proper techniques. You can’t expect to jump full force into something new. Work your way up to becoming a master. Talk with a trainer for helpful tips and for feedback on your technique. Easing into it also means warming up and cooling down!

3. Stay hydrated

Up your fluid intake before and after exercising. We’re talking water – NOT coffee and soda. Also, make sure you’re eating a well-rounded diet. Your body needs fuel to keep up with your intensity.

4. Listen to your body

If you’re busy during the week, you might feel like this is your only time for activity. But, listen to your body. If it’s telling you to stop, there’s a good reason for it (especially if you exercise infrequently). If you’re recovering from an injury or have pushed yourself too hard, take a break. There will be other weekends.

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