If you’re getting ready to make New Year’s fitness resolutions — don’t. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place. Use our 12-month plan to improve your health each month.
Guest Blogger: Mandi Strzelewicz, Producer of Life Above Clouds, Intern, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Who doesn’t like to take a leisurely stroll outdoors? Want to take it up a notch? Try hiking. Hiking is an activity for all ages and fitness levels, whether you’re taking a walk through a local park or climbing summits across New England. You can get great exercise while soaking in the amazing views of nature – all at a pace that is comfortable to you.
Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.
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.