Top tips for resolute Gippslanders this summer
New Year is a time when many Gippslanders make resolutions to get fitter, lose weight, eat better and reduce their drinking – but all too often injury and dwindling motivation mean those resolutions can quickly fall by the wayside.
It’s well known that exercise and physical activity reduces your risk of developing several diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as having immediate benefits for your mental health and sleep.
However moving too quickly into intense exercise, particularly when starting after a long period of inactivity, can pose a few hazards.
Gippslanders who are aiming to get fit over summer and the New Year are being urged to ease into exercise at a moderate pace. Moving too quickly, too soon, could result in strained muscles, aches and pain.
Catherine Etty-Leal, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist at the Australian Physiotherapists Association, says it's important to have a realistic exercise plan and seek expert advice.
“Some injuries that are common in people hitting the gym after a long period of inactivity are back pain, pulled muscles and tendinopathy – all of which can quickly put a stop to your New Year’s resolutions, no matter how good your intentions may be.”