You may have read horror stories in the media recently warning of the dangers of jumping into an intense exercise regime.
Specifically, a condition called rhabdomyolysis, a rare but life-threatening condition which can be caused by extreme exercise, particularly in those new to the gym.
Overworked muscles begin to die and leak their contents into the bloodstream, putting strain on the kidneys and causing severe pain.
A recent study published in The American Journal of Medicine looked at 47 cases of spinning-induced rhabdomyolysis.
However, the condition remains extremely rare and shouldn’t be considered a deterrent to high intensity exercise.
But it does emphasise the importance of giving your muscles time to adjust to a full-on new exercise regime.
There are also a number of other important reasons to make sure you ease yourself into a new workout regime:
Avoid burning out
Chances are that if you are too fast off the starting blocks, you won’t go the distance. Aching muscles and fatigue, which are often the result of a tough workout, can act as a deterrent.
Stuff and sore? Instead of packing your gym bag and setting off for round two, you may find yourself way more tempted to take a hot bath and pop on the latest Game of Thrones.
Risk of injury
If you’re body isn’t used to exercising, your chances of injury are much higher.
That’s why you need to build up a fitness base, learn proper technique and how to engage the right muscles before upping the ante.
Otherwise, you could do your body harm, which will rapidly put the brakes on your new fitness regime.
Learn to love it
If you understand how to do an exercise properly and what exactly it does, you’re going to enjoy doing it so much more. Just jumping in blindly can be unrewarding as well as potentially dangerous.
By taking an interest, building up your skill and knowledge, slowly but surely you’ll become a gymaholic in no time at all.
Not sure how to go about getting into a new regime? Book in a session with a PT who can show you the ropes.
Have you ever gone too hard, too soon?