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Now that spring is here and COVID restrictions are slowly (but surely!) being lifted, you might be itching to get into a new exercise routine! Exercise is an extremely important aspect of our physical and mental health, and if it's been a while since you've gotten your heart pumping, keep these things in mind to safely transition back into it.

1. Go slow! It can be easy to jump in head first to a new routine or workout program, but slowly implementing new habits is the key to success, longevity, and injury prevention.

2. Stay hydrated. The majority of soft tissue injuries (muscle strains) are caused by dehydration. Remember to drink half of your body weight in ounces everyday! Start by drinking a tall glass of room temperature water first thing in the morning.

3. Don't forget to strength train. Most of us think exercise only means running 5 miles or hopping into the newest HIIT class. While this form of exercise is important, don't forget to throw in some squats and push-ups to build more functional strength.

4. REST! More does not always equal better in terms of exercise. Listen to your body and take rest days seriously! Over-exercising can lead to a variety of symptoms including excess inflammation, burn-out, and overuse injuries.

5 HAVE FUN! Because it's just not worth it if it's not fun.

- Dr. Karley McCloskey, DC

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