How to Pace Yourself

By Fitness Expert Julie Germaine for Kaizen Naturals
Images by IG: @art.beauty.fitness

You are going to get it this year, I feel that energy! I love the vibe in January as everyone shifts away from holiday pace and back into work mode.

You’ve likely begun to get up early, train more regularly, and have set goals for yourself. These are all very good things, but have you made sure to pace yourself appropriately so you see results and avoid injury?

All active individuals need to consider rest time into their fitness routines. Believe it or not, muscles do not grow during workouts, but actually rebuild and recover while you sleep, hours after you stopped sweating! This means that if you want to make progress, your fitness program has to provide downtime to individual muscle groups. For example, you can’t hit delts every day and expect your shoulders to start popping. This is actually an excellent way to damage your glenohumeral joint, the ball-and-socket joint that connects the upper arm to the shoulder blade. Talk to anyone who has overtrained and suffered the consequences – your body is never quite the same after an injury so you should respect it and accept its limits.

Click the link for some pro tips to create a safe training schedule, including a full video explaining this topic.

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