You’ve turned your good intentions into action, you’re getting ready to workout, but you might be asking… ‘Where do I start?’

Below are 5 ways to prepare to workout so that you get the most out of each session.

1. Get checked and get a plan

See your physio for a plan – if you haven’t got a goal then you won’t get a result. Your physio will know your injury history and work out with you what loading requirements are sensible, what possible issues to be aware of and probably give you a good kick in the pants to get started.

2. Tell your friends

When used in a positive way, nothing motivates like peer pressure. If people know you are doing that 5km walk/run they will both keep you on track and tell you to put down that extra glass of wine that might make you sleep through tomorrow morning’s alarm.

3. Water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – 50-75% of your body is made up of water. Give it lots of the good stuff

4. Functional movements as a warm up

Getting the body warmed up for what you are about to do is vital to prevent injuries and eliminate the potential for problems. The best warm ups are the ones that mirror what you’re about to do with lighter weights and higher repetitions. Body weight movements can be excellent for this. Think squats, lunges, gentle waist-height push-ups, and overhead presses with little or no weight. Until you are hot and a little sweaty you are not warmed up!

5. Self-mobilisation – touch yourself!!

Although this may be putting it crudely – most musculoskeletal problems that come through my door have been going on for some time before people realise. Think about the exercise you’ve done and what muscles you’ve used then go about giving them a good prodding to find out how they feel. A foam roller, spikey ball or willing partner is also a fantastic tool for making this more effective and enjoyable.

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