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Flourish: Are you a weekend warrior?


Did you know that if you’re starting a new fitness routine, there are many things you can do to prevent injuries, avoid overdoing it and stay safe?


Man and woman exercising

It’s great to be excited and motivated to start a new exercise routine or program. But if you take on too much too fast (the "weekend warrior" phenomenon), you're at a higher risk of injury — especially if you haven't exercised in a while or have certain conditions.

Increase your physical activity safely:

  • Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
  • Start slow and steady. Avoid doing too much in a short amount of time. Instead, space out your exercise sessions and increase gradually the length of time and intensity.
  • Warm up and cool down. Our bodies need this time to gradually warm up our cardiovascular system and then to recover.
  • Use proper form and equipment. Group fitness classes like Juniper’s are beneficial because class leaders will make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly and safely.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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