“Motion is lotion,” says nationally recognized athletic trainer Jennifer Brodeur, one of only a handful of women trainers in the country who oversee football. Brodeur works every day with elite athletes, but is eager to offer advice to weekend warriors. With our crazy-busy lives, she says, “even 15 minutes of stretching is good; yoga is fantastic. You can do it at home, and it certainly helps with chronic illness as well as injury. Plus, you feel better through movement.”
Mind/body awareness. Know your limits and the kinds of activities you can do with positive results. Make sure your goals are attainable, especially if you are getting into a fitness program. Don’t jump right into running a 5K; think couch to 5K.
Warm up. Stretching and warming up before a workout help with blood flow and flexibility. Don’t forget to stretch again and cool down afterward. Cool (ice) after a workout stops inflammation and lactic acid buildup and helps prevent soreness the next day.