Ready to switch your seasonal workout routine? Beware, as this is when injuries can happen says advanced practice physiotherapist Suzanne Denis. In people that are really fit, they go, I don’t understand why I’ve injured myself or why I’m so sore I’m fit and I’m active, I’m always moving, I never stop. Denis says one activity does not equal another, putting you at risk for joint injuries, sprains, as well as muscle strains. When you’re skiing, it’s really great exercise but if I then go to biking, I’m not working the same muscle groups necessarily, nor am I working them in the same way. To be successful, go slow! Break up your activities and vary them. And stretch in between, especially the older you get. Flexibility is important because muscles are your shock absorbers and they won’t work as well if they’re stiff. Make sure to include some aerobic activities, muscle strengthening exercises or activities for flexibilty for a well rounded program with maximu health benefits. Importantly, Denis says don’t get discouraged. Even high level athletes need to transition back into activity after as little as two weeks away. When you start a new activity, Denis says muscle aches are normal to a degree. But pain in your joints is a red flag for injury. You might be able to feel achy or stiff but probably not a lot beyond that. If you’ve done a lot beyond that then you know I might have overdone it. If you’ve never been active before, the warm weather is the perfect time to start. No matter what your level of function is, what your limitations might be, there’s still always a way to participate in being active. She says choose an activity you love, write down achievable goals and don’t overdo it. All of these simple approaches have been shown to help people find long term success. With Sunnyview, I’m Monica Matys.