WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Summer is finally here and it has many people thinking about getting into shape for that perfect summer body. Shape up for summer safely with these seven points from IDEA Health & Fitness Association on High Intensity (HIIT) Workout Preparedness and Safety for Consumers, getting you where you need to be injury free.
1. Before you join a class or a new gym, make sure your trainer or instructor is qualified and current in their certification. Go to IDEA FitnessConnect to verify that information on the largest free database of trainers, coaches and instructors in the world.
2. Be honest with yourself about your physical readiness. High intensity training programs usually assume a base of physical fitness. If you haven't been doing some regular cardio work or strength training, you may want to build your strength and stamina before committing to such a program. Doing so will increase the likelihood of your staying with a HIIT-style program.
3. Have you had injuries or chronic illness? It's advisable to get medical clearance from your physician and to be honest about your condition with the trainer before enrolling in a HIIT program. This will help the trainer to determine safe modifications for you.
4. Warm up well before every workout! Get blood flowing to all muscle and facial tissues with a progressive, 15-20 minute warm-up that includes moving in all planes of motion and dynamic (not static) stretching.
5. Know the difference between a tough workout and working too hard. If you feel dizzy or nauseous during training, stop immediately and let the trainer know. This is your body sending up a signal that you need to ease off.
6. Observe perfect form at all times. Participants often get hurt trying to do/lift more using sloppy technique.
7. Ask questions! Your trainer/coach/instructor is there as your guide. The unasked question is the one that often leads to injury
Monika Thomas, WUSA9