Whether you’ve been inactive for an extended period of time or you want to start a new sport, knowing how to avoid injuries is a requirement for staying healthy and active. Not wearing proper equipment, forgetting to stretch, and not listening to your body’s warning signs are just a few ways you can get hurt. Here’s how to stay fit and active without getting injured.
Know Your Body
If you’ve had previous injuries or have been inactive for a long period, you should never try to go back to working out the same as you were before. Always work your way up to your previous level and take your time. You will get back in shape or get back to your previous glory over time -don’t rush it and hurt yourself.
Stretching is so important for loosening up your muscles and joints. Never exercise or play sports before stretching. By doing so you risk sprains and injuries. Always stretch thoroughly before any activity.
Along with stretching, doing a light 5-10 minute jog before starting your workout will help get your blood flowing and loosen up your muscles. The key is doing a light jog. Go easy and at a slower pace to give your body time to loosen up. Never sprint or do a full throttle run right off the bat.
Hire a Trainer
If you want to start a new sport or workout regimen, hiring a trainer is a good idea. A professional trainer will help make sure you have proper form and correct you if you’re doing something that may cause injury. Having a pro on your side to teach you the ropes and help you stay healthy and motivated is always beneficial.
Wear Proper Attire
Always make sure you have proper workout attire. (Yes, we’ve seen people on the treadmill in flip flops!) Always wear proper athletic shoes and necessary supportive sports equipment -whether that includes braces, pads or wraps. For example, if you take a boxing class, you should always wrap your hands before putting on your gloves. A lot of people think they can just throw on a pair of gloves and start hitting a bag, but that can seriously injure your wrists and hands -especially if you’re a beginner. Always make sure you’re prepared with proper attire to avoid injury. If you’re trying a new workout class or sport, call ahead of time and make sure you have all the equipment you need to have a safe, effective workout.
Treat & Rest
If you do find yourself injured or sore from a workout, give yourself some rest. “Pushing through” aches and pains may only make it worse. Ice it or apply a heat pad to help reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. Give your body a couple “off” days to recuperate and opt for yoga or lighter workouts in the meantime.