Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Listen to Your Body' ...and Other Workout Tips

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Listen to Your Body' ...and Other Workout Tips

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If you're starting an exercise regime this fall, don't try to do "too much, too soon," says exercise physiologist Robyn M. Stuhr of the Women's Sports Medicine Center in New York. Think of "time, distance and intensity" as your key variables: change just one at a time to avoid stress on joints and the potential for injury.

Here are some more tips from the Center for Women s Healthcare Food and Fitness Advisor.

* LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Some people push too hard, others not hard enough. Aim for the right balance. Take the "talk test." If you can't walk and talk with your exercise buddy, you're pushing too hard. If you're alone, try singing.

* GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH WARM-UP. At 40, you can't get away with the same warm-up you did at 20. With aging, we lose muscle tissue, joints become suffer and connective tissue becomes less flexible. If you're a runner, start off by walking or doing a slow jog for 10 minutes before you hit your stride. Stretch after your workout (not before) to relieve muscle tightness. …

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