Injury Prevention For Exercise
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or new to the gym and committed to getting in shape, it’s vital to avoid injuries so you can keep moving closer to your fitness goals. Overuse of muscles, improper form or footwear, and not enough rest can result in workout injuries. Those injuries can derail your healthful plans and hinder everyday tasks. While exercise is a great way to stay fit, gain muscle and lose weight, your body requires proper preparation to be able to withstand a workout.
Begin your exercise routine with some warm up activities such as stair climbing, jumping rope, swimming or riding a stationary bike. A warm up is a high-rep, low-intensity, quick-paced exercise mode.It gradually revs up your cardiovascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to the muscles. This essential pre-workout step promotes flexibility and mobility of the body, eases muscle soreness, and reduces risk of injury.
Make stretching part of your routine. Stretching your muscles and ligaments before and after workouts helps keep them relaxed and flexible, and may prevent injuries due to overuse. Additionally, it can help eliminate next-day soreness when performed at the end of your exercise or training. After warming up and stretching, muscles are loose, engaged and most pliable.
Poor exercise techniques can pull, rip or wrench a muscle. Strive for proper form or work with a personal trainer to better ensure you are using the appropriate technique when performing an exercise. A fitness expert can also help you create a custom workout regimen.
Don’t let an injury keep you from your sport, setting personal bests or taking your physical fitness to the next level. For additional information on how you can work out smarter to avoid common fitness injuries, see the accompanying checklist.
Author bio: Chris Tyler is the owner of Universal Spa Training Academy. USTA is an ABMP massage member school, as well as a PCA Partnership School offering a full spectrum of training that stresses the basics and advanced education without the extra cost and time that other schools may require.
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