Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise with­out in­jury!

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

If you started 2013 on a fit­ness binge you may be feel­ing a few aches and pains about now.

To keep your ex­er­cise pro­gramme on track and to make it through to 2014 in one piece, it may pay to jump on­line and check out ACC’s Ac­tiveS­mart web­site.

Ac­tiveS­mart pro­vides free, cus­tomised train­ing ad­vice for ev­ery­one from begin­ners just get­ting back into phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, to se­ri­ous mul­ti­sport and marathon com­peti­tors – and it can help you avoid in­jury in the process.

‘‘Many peo­ple who’ve been spend­ing a bit too much time on the couch make the mis­take of throw­ing them­selves back into ex­er­cise with­out the right prepa­ra­tion,’’ ACC Pro- gramme Man­ager – Sport, Isaac Carl­son says. ‘‘That can end up back­fir­ing, be­cause if you in­jure your­self – say be­cause you didn’t warm up prop­erly – you could end up head­ing straight back to the very couch you’re try­ing to get away from.’’

Isaac says Ac­tiveS­mart con­tains a range of tools and in­for­ma­tion, from per­son­ally tai­lored fit­ness plans to warm-up and cool-down ex­er­cises, and even weather fore­casts for your area, so you can plan your train­ing around con­di­tions on the day.

‘‘In a way, Ac­tiveS­mart is like hav­ing your own per­sonal, on­line trainer,’’ Isaac says.

‘‘It asks you a range of ques­tions to find out what level of ex­er­cise is right and safe for you. Then it gives you a spe­cific pro­gramme to fol­low, aimed at meet­ing your in­di­vid­ual fit­ness goals.’’

Ac­tiveS­mart caters for a range of pop­u­lar fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing run­ning, walking and cy­cling.

‘‘The ad­vice on Ac­tiveS­mart has been pro­vided by lead­ing New Zealand fit­ness pro­fes­sion­als,’’ Isaac says. ‘‘So you can be as­sured you’re get­ting a train­ing plan that’s up there with the best.’’

Fit­ness res­o­lu­tion: You may have de­cided to get fit in 2013, but the right ad­vice will en­sure you also stay in­jury free and away from that couch you’re try­ing to avoid.

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