Injuries are annoying, and I am speaking in general terms. It gets even more annoying if you sustained it from exercise, simply because you are working towards a goal, and the injury has the potential to derail it in a significant manner. Not only do you have to face the frustration of that, research shows that you are more likely to re-injure yourself in future.
As such, this article discusses a few common injuries that are sustained during exercise, as well as how to minimise the chances of those occurring. The basic underlying principle behind it all is that if you warm up properly and use good form, you can be successful at injury prevention. Without further delay, let’s begin.
One: Knee Injuries
Statistics have shown that this is the most common exercise-related injury. This is hardly surprising given the vital role knees play in supporting your body weight. The recommended way to reduce your chances of sustaining this is to pay attention to your warm-up in order to get the blood flowing through your joints.
Two: Shin Splints
This is the bane of many new runners, and I have experienced this before also. Basically, this is when your shin bones get all soft and tender. Even pressing it lightly hurts like anything. The way to avoid this is to ensure you ease into your running routine gradually rather than suddenly. Curb your enthusiasm and exchange your recklessness for logic.
Three: Lower Back Issues
This one can also hurt, and the lower back is definitely more susceptible than the upper back. Basically, working out pretty much any major muscle group puts you at risk of this. One reason for this is loading up too much weight too quickly. Understandably, the way to avoid this is to go gradual with the weights.
Four: Shoulder Injuries
Any exercise that uses the shoulders will put one at risk of these. That pretty much includes all upper body exercises. Many people can hurt their rotator cuffs because they allow their shoulders to roll forward during the motion of their exercise. Be aware of this!
There we have it. So what do we do if we are injured? I don’t have time to go into a lot of detail. If you need it, you can find it in the Lifelong Fitness Blueprint, which is part of the Granite Fitness Masterclass. But basically, let yourself heal and take care not to make the same mistakes again.
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