We’ve all heard the axiom “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercising, but how do you know when it’s become too much pain? Before muscles can strengthen themselves, the muscle first must be stressed. As muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even bone are stressed slowly over time, they build up strength that allows them to perform better during strenuous workouts. But if your body isn’t used to the stress of working out, or if you train too hard, often times the “burn” you feel during a workout is more pain than should be expected or is healthy.
You’re more active
Okay, maybe your bulldog wants to lie on the couch all day snoring, but most dogs love to go for walks, hikes and are always up for a game of tug. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more daily exercise than non-dog owners.
Remember, some dogs need more exercise than others, for bigger dogs try rollerblading, running, biking or skateboarding to get the blood flowing. 10 Dog breeds that will keep you fit.
It’s also well known that regular exercise can help to boost heart health, maintain a healthy body weight, keep joints flexible and healthy, and improve balance to reduce falls.
Celebrate National Bike Month by taking your children out for a bicycle ride around the local park or a bike trail. May is a perfect time to enjoy a family bike ride, before the summer heat sets in. According to Men’s Fitness, cycling is a lower-risk form of cardiovascular exercise and is low impact, so it’s easier on your legs, ankles, knees and feet. It’s also an awesome way for your family to get exercise and have fun while doing it!