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The days are getting longer, the sun is feeling warmer, and suddenly you realize bathing suit weather is right around the corner but you haven’t been working out! If you are like most people, you break out your running shoes and jump right in to an intense workout. Then about a week later you are injured and have to stop. Instead of shocking your body and risking injury, why not try these tips and tricks to ease back into an exercise routine pain-free. You’ll have that summer  body and still be able to enjoy the warm weather healthy and fit.

Set a goal – Before beginning any journey, it’s important to know your  destination. Decide what your goals are ahead of time so you can  map the path to get there. Do you want to add muscle, get faster, or tone up? Knowing these things will help guide you to your goal.

Start slow – If you were running consistently in the past, your body may have  been comfortable at a certain pace. But if it’s been awhile, it is always  better to go a little slower until your body has adapted to running  again. By starting slower, you prevent those overuse injuries from  creeping up.

Warm up – Even though temperatures start rising in the spring, you still need  to warm up your body before doing any intense activity. If you are  training outside, start with 5 to 10 minutes at a lower intensity to let

Lighter weights – It seems obvious, but if your body has been inactive for a while, your  muscular strength will have decreased. Try starting with 50 to 60  percent of what your peak weights were.

Do half time – Start with less reps or do just half the amount of sets as you did  before. If your muscles are not used to lifting weights, you’ll likely  be sore the next couple of days. By doing half the volume, you’ll cut  down on that soreness so you can be back in the gym sooner.

Work with a coach – Having someone coach you can help you train smarter and avoid  injury. You can workout with a personal trainer or join a sports  team. Working with an expert is the best way to ease back into your  fitness routine.

Know your limits – This means listening to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, take a break. Check in with yourself. How am I feeling? Do I feel any  sharp pain? It’s OK to be cautious when you’re restarting a routine.