Ask the Expert - Safely challenging your exercise limits

Ask the Expert - Kevin Weston

Kevin Weston, Exercise Physiologist at the Intermountain LiVe Well Center in St. George discusses safely challenging your exercise limits.

Embrace the process of increasing your fitness in this chapter of your life. Progress may take more time, but remember that it is easier to maintain good fitness than to regain it once it’s lost.

Know the difference between “bad pain” and being “uncomfortable” during exercise. Muscle fatigue is a good thing as long as it’s not at the expense of your joints. If you’re currently not experiencing joint pain, start with performing 1 cycle of 12-15 repetitions of a series of exercises that incorporate the major muscles groups of both upper, lower and core exercises. A qualified exercise professional can help you get started.

Be sure to warm-up properly before working out (walk in place, reaching overhead, etc.) and to perform static stretching (holding each stretch for 30+ seconds) after your workout is completed. This will help to prevent injury and increase range of motion by stretching warm tissue that helps your muscles to relax at the completion of your exercise program.