There’s no denying exercise is good for you and your body: it can boost your mood, help you lose weight, increase your energy, help your skin, improve mental concentration, help you sleep better and more. However, all those benefits can quickly be derailed when an injury happens. While some exercise injuries are unavoidable, others could be prevented, if you knew what to do and what to avoid.
To stay happier and healthier through exercise for the long haul, you need to understand what stretches, hydration, warmups and cool-downs are important.
Here’s a look at what you need to know if you want to prevent exercise-related injuries:
- Always warm up. Before lifting weights or starting an intense circuit, always warm up first. Begin your exercise routine with light, dynamic movements such as walking, biking or jumping rope. This gets your blood moving and your body prepared to exercise. Likewise, stretch your body both before and after a workout to stay limber.
- Mix up your exercise routine. You might love a certain cardio workout, but if you’re doing the same routine every day, you could be overstraining certain parts of your body. For a healthier, more sustainable exercise strategy, mix up your routine by trying different exercises that work different muscle groups day to day.
- Take care of your body. Especially when you’re exercising, it’s vital to stay hydrated and fueled. Without the proper food and water intake, you run the risk of low blood sugar, lightheadedness or dehydration. Likewise, wear the proper gear when you’re working out, including safety equipment for contact sports.
- Take breaks from exercise, too. Remember, as great as exercise is, it’s still possible to overdo it. Take regular breaks to give your body time to repair itself.
- Don’t be afraid to get help. Having a buddy to spot you when you’re weight-lifting or a trainer to coach you as you’re working out can make a huge difference in your risk for injury. Enlist help to protect your body and improve your fitness results. With a little help, you may be able to find even more to enjoy in exercise.
Interested in learning more about the best ways to prevent injury as you exercise? Check out the handy infographic below!
This was created by Universal Spa Training Academy