Working out can put stress and strain on the body. There are things you can consistently do though to prevent any form of injuries. Often people get injured because they do not follow standard recommendations. Something easy to do is also something easy not to do.
Some of the most common injuries are sprains, muscle strains, and tears such as rotator cuffs and knee ligaments. Any injury can sideline you for a period of time. Do all you can to prevent injuries and keep yourself strong, healthy and safe.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Start gradually
If you are just starting an exercise program, start slow and build up. Enthusiasm is often high in the beginning, but you do not want to overdo it. A little soreness is to be expected. If you feel a lot of soreness you are probably doing too much. Work into your program slowly and progress when you are ready.
- Learn proper technique
Exercise of any type requires proper form. If you are going to put in the time you want to get the results. By using proper form, you can benefit from the exercise and keep your body safe. Proper technique helps to keep you from injuries. Find a personal trainer to help you if you do not know how to properly perform your exercises.
- Warm up
Always warm up before you start your workout. A proper warm up gets blood flowing through the muscles and improves your range of motion. Dynamic activities such as fast walking, or leg lifts get the body moving and keep you from injury.
- Stay hydrated
When you work out you sweat. You can lose essential fluids quickly. Drink water before, during and after your workout. How much water you need depends on you? If you are not properly hydrated, you can cramp, and you are more likely to suffer an injury.
- Know when enough is enough
There are different types of pain. A muscle burn from exercise indicates you are stressing the muscle and the exercise is doing what it is intended. However, intense pain from a cramp or tear is something quite different. You never want to exercise to the point where you feel intense pain. The pain of a tear, strain or sprain can be extremely uncomfortable and limit your physical activity. Know your limits and when to stop.