Trying New Exercises and Avoiding Injuries
When you’re trying a new class or new activity, it can be really easy to be over-enthusiastic and go too hard. Oftentimes, this is when the most injuries occur and people tend to get off track fitness-wise. If this is you, there are ways to start a new class without ending up on the injured list simply because you were too excited.
The best way to start something new like this is to consider that your muscles are not used to these exercises. That means that even if it seems simple, you need to take it slow until you fully understand the forms and routines you need to use. When you learn the right moves and how to move your body, then you can put a little more effort into it and go a little faster. Caution is best at first because it lets you get more familiar, without having to take a couple weeks off because you injured an ankle, wrist or other part of your body that is susceptible to these types of occurrences.
The instructor will show you the modified version of these exercises, which makes it very simple for you to do these routines. Start out with that version, so you can find out how your body responds. Don’t start out with the heaviest weight or number of reps in order to impress anyone else. This is your fitness journey and you need to be safe, while making regular progress. The only way to do that is to be a beginner at first, and then move up through the ranks when things are feeling better and you’re getting stronger. Then, you can do the full version of any exercises they teach you and you won’t have to worry about something small holding you back from any exercises in the near future.
As long as you’re smart, then it’s very simple and fun to try new classes. It can be exciting, open up your opportunities and introduce you to a whole new circle of people. Have fun, try new things and see how much fun it can be to get in shape!