Doctor James Jennings, Family Medicine Specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care, explains Weekend Warriors are the people who cram all of their physical activity into weekends, because their lifestyle is overwhelmed during the week by their job. Dr. Jennings says he motivates his patients to do anything they can, because, there is no bad exercise or activity program. He recommends not to be afraid to initiate something that could be easy to do over a weekend for just a couple of hours.
Doctor James Jennings, Family Medicine Specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care, recommends to have a small meal prior the workout for receiving the benefits of the exercise. When exercising early in the mornings with an empty stomach, Doctor Jennings explains, the person has a risk to suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), has no energy and therefore will not get the benefits of the exercise. Nutrition is the fuel lines, the key. Try to eat early. It is important to have a good breakfast, a snack throughout the day with healthy foods including fruits and nuts. The idea is not eating a lot at nighttime before going to bed, he says.
The time a person spends without exercising is a variable that must be taken into account when designing a new exercise routine, according to Doctor James Jennings, Family Medicine Specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care. The doctor says he pushes people towards doing warm-up which would include stretching individually in order to minimize injuries and maintain patients motivated. He explains he is real big on preparation in terms of low key and when the patient is ready for the next step, he increases it. However, he recommends being very careful with older crowd, especially if they have not been doing exercise for several years.
Injuries are more prone to people who have not exercised for months or even years according to Doctor James Jennings, Family Medicine Specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care, who adds that for these reasons the injuries can be more serious. The doctor also explains rupture of the Achilles Tendon (the tendon that joins the heel bone to the calf muscle) is one of the most common injuries and, sometimes, requires surgery, be in a boot and be out of action for probably even a few months. Fortunately the recovery of the patient is close to 100%, the specialist affirms.
Doctor James Jennings, Family Medicine Specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care, reflects on how much time should be dedicated to the recovery of muscles after an intense weekend warrior session and says that's depend of the intensity of the exercise. Hydration, resting and eating a good and healthy meal help the process of recovery, he says. The specialist recommends not exercising always all or the same muscles and alternating routine and body parts helps to recover faster after a Weekend Warrior.