Change for the New Year

On January 1st most people gain a new sense of energy, determination and enthusiasm to better themselves in this new year.This of course means challenging themselves physically to lose weight, get stronger and improve cardiovascular conditioning.

As an orthopedic sports medicine specialist this is a common time of year where I see patients who overdo it too quickly. You should challenge yourself physically, but this means building up overtime.

It also means giving yourself time to warm up and stretch.

Be smart about your workout. There are lots of work outs that involve aggressive ballistic motions that are dangerous.

I see plenty of injuries from P90X and boot camp or even Zumba classes. Know what you can do and figure out what you cannot do.

It is a great idea to hire a good trainer who can help you figure this out. A bad shoulder injury may keep you from working out you upper body for weeks to months and it is better to prevent this injury than have to treat it.

For the new year set goals for yourself to work out at least 3 days a week but preferably 6 days.

Work on getting your heart rate to the desired level where you can strengthen your heart and lungs. Work to get your muscles stronger than they presently are.

Most importantly, find a work out that you enjoy doing and don’t be afraid to mix up your workouts to keep it interesting and to continue to challenge your body.

Just do it…but don’t overdo it!

Dr. Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Westchester Health Associates and has subspecialty training in knee and shoulder surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy. Dr. Weinstein is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, determining certification for other orthopedic surgeons.