With the change of season and the warmer weather approaching, the thought of getting into your swimmers and hitting the waves may be a little daunting. We have some last minute tips to help you get into shape this summer, so that you can make the most of the warmer weather.
Hit the gym
Strength training is of importance because it strengthens not just your bones, but also your body helping you to burn more calories throughout the day. It also helps to get your body ready for summer sports that include swimming, golf, tennis, hiking, riding and other activities. Work on all of your muscle groups at least twice a week with a day or so rest in between your workouts. Stick to between 10-16 reps per exercise so that you can build up your muscle and endurance, keeping your reps to between 4-8.
A productive cardio training session will help to improve your stamina and endurance, keeping your heart strong. When planning your cardio workout, the best thing to do is to choose sports or activities that you enjoy. Make sure that you stick to these activities, you can schedule appointments into your calendar. Another tip that will help you to stay committed to your fitness routine is to find a friend that will exercise with you.
Preventing sports injuries
Sport makes up the Australian lifestyle, advocating good health, stress relief and fun. Whilst you’re enjoying taking part in your favourite sport, injuries may occur, most of these can be treated by your Physiotherapist. Your Physio can provide you with the treatment and advice that you need to help you to return safely to your sporting activities. Rather than the take a ‘rest and see what happens’ approach.
Most sporting injuries are the result of a direct blow (bruise or contusion) or another type of force such as a sprain, strain or a tear. Other injuries can occur due to overuse stresses such as tendinitis and stress fractures. Always make sure that you warm up when taking part in these activities. You can contact a Physio at any one of our locations, they will be able to help you put together an exercise routine so that you can achieve your desired fitness levels, the more that you practice the exercises the easier that it becomes.