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Exercise Injuries Are Common and Avoidable

By Tom Herrin

Most injuries are the result of some kind of accident.  Obviously no one tries to intentionally get injured.  The accidents happen when people are least expecting them.  In some cases, it may be due to some foreign interference.  In others, it may be due to something that was not done but should have been.  As people become physically active, they often become excited and fail to take all of the necessary precautions or follow what would be considered good practice.  The point is that many injuries are incurred to people failing to do what it takes to be active in a safe way.  It isn't really difficult and anyone can develop good habits.

Listen to the Language of the Body

Many times, people have feelings about their particular condition but don't adhere to it.  A good bit of the time when something doesn't seem right, it isn't.  Stressing themselves physically when they appear to be tired or weak may be asking for trouble.  Learning to listen to what their body is telling them can be a good way to avoid injury and be in better shape for the next session.  Going ahead when there may be some problem can only prolong an injury and set the process back.

Be Aware of Outside Conditions

While there is no trick to knowing how to dress, or how hard to work, people can develop a sense of what is right if they will make a point of knowing the outside temperature, humidity, etc.  When it is hot and humid, it is essential to wear lighter weight, looser-fitting clothes that may allow better circulation of air and cooling of the body.  They also allow for less restricted movement.  When it is cold, it is necessary to wear clothes that will allow them to start out cool and warm in a few minutes.  If they get too warm, it may cause overheating.  If they cannot get warm enough, they risk other serious issues as a result. 

Make It a Total Package

When we commit ourselves to a program of physical improvement, we are better off to learn as much as possible about the best ways to make it as successful as possible.  I try to be more in tune.  It seems to work.  I also try to take a few extra minutes to go over the things that could be problems for me.  If it helps to avoid injury, then it keeps me on track.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Redlands, Calif.

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