7 ways to avoid exercise injury

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7 ways to avoid exercise injury

A guest post By Annie Minkins

You love to run, right? Or maybe it’s lifting weights or swimming that get your body moving. Whatever it is, there is some activity that your body loves to do. No matter what, you need to be careful to protect yourself so that you don’t end up injured and can no longer do what you love. Here are some tips to follow to ensure successful exercise sessions.

1. Make sure you are having regular check ups

This may sound silly, but this is incredibly important, especially when starting a new fitness regimen. You need to make sure that your body is able to handle the change in stress. An undiagnosed condition can lead to nothing but trouble if you do not modify your exercise accordingly. Also, your doctor will have good advice on how to still do what you love, even if you have recurrent issues with a certain part of your body.

2. Warm up before exercise

Warming up before exercise is one of the best ways to ensure a successful workout. You want to start slowly, gradually moving into the speed and exercises that you will be using doing your workout. Some great warm ups include: stretching, walking, jogging, or meditation. These help get your mind and body into a great place to work out.

3. Make sure you are hydrating before, during, and after your workout

You want to drink a minimum amount of two 16 oz. glasses of water within 1-2 hours before you work out. Since your body will be moving and likely sweating to keep you cool, you will want have those fluids in your body in enough time before you head to work out. This will keep you hydrated during your session. While there, you will want to keep hydrating, and afterwards as well.

4. Pay attention to when it doesn’t feel right

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when working out is “pushing through pain.” There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little winded after a sprint, or feeling a little sore after your first day in yoga or lifting weights. However, if your body is sending sharps pains, you need to stop right away. This could be the sign of something much more serious. You need to be in tune with yourself while exercising.

5. Dress properly for your workout

You cannot run in sandals, even if they are strapped to your feet. You need to have proper footwear.  Shoes for your activity of choice may be a little pricey, so look around for deals. There are great discount shoe sites on-line. You may even want to check out a local consignment store or Goodwill. If you look, you may be able to find a great pair of shoes that will get you started out with your new workout plan. This goes the same for clothes. You need to have items of clothing that you can wear for working out. They should not be too loose so that they get caught in the machines, but breathable. You want to be comfortable during your workout.

6. Visit a personal trainer

If you have the opportunity, or there is someone at your workout facility who is a trainer, see if you can work with them. This would be a great opportunity to get some tips on what may be the ideal workout for the fitness goals that you have. Are you trying to lose weight or tone up? What is your activity level? Using this information and more, a trainer will be able to help you create the best and most effective workout for you.

7. Remember to cool down

When you get done with your work out, make sure you give yourself time to relax and cool down. This is important as your body needs a few moments to shift gears. If you are running, a great way to cool down is by take a few walking laps and stretching. If you have been lifting weights or using exercise machines, you may want to do some yoga or other stretching exercises. Let your body gradually slow it’s motions down as your heart rate and breathing return to normal.

Annie Minkins loves yoga, traveling to exotic locales with her husband, Kurt, and just got a great deal on her insurance at grouphealthinsurance.org

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