A health, fitness, and nutrition coach since 1999, Jennifer Menzer knows a thing or two about getting (and staying) in shape. A trainer at Saldare Spa, a boutique therapy and wellness studio, Menzer gives us a few pointers on getting back into the gym routine. 12 Clarendon St., 617-423-2722
1. Start Slow
“It is very important to start slow when returning to exercise to decrease risk of injury and increase long term compliance. You wouldn't jump on a bike you haven't rode all winter without checking out the brakes or tires first, so why do it to your body? Aim for 2-3 days of 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise for the first week or two and then slowly build up your time or/and the number of days.”
2. Hydrate Properly
"To use another metaphor, a car cannot run properly without essential fluids, and your body is a fine piece of machinery. Take your total body weight and divide it in half. That number is the approximate ideal number of ounces of water for the average person."
3. Find a Workout Buddy
"Need some motivation to stay on track? Studies show that working out with a partner improves efficacy."
4. Hire a Trainer For a Few Sessions
"Unsure of how to get the most of your workout and want to reduce your risk of injury? Hire a professional to design a program for you to do on your own and have them monitor you for a session or two to ensure correct form and movement patterns."