Preventing Injuries Makes Exercise Better
By Tom Herrin
Preparation is key to making anything a success. Whether it is cooking, building, or any of the things people do every day, the right kind of preparation can help to make the effort they put in worthwhile. Exercise is really no different. Making sure the body is prepared for the activity can do a lot more than just enable them to do it well. Being prepared is the best way to help avoid injuries. Anyone who has had some experience relating to exercising likely knows only too well the discomfort and inconvenience caused by injuries. There are several simple things that may be done to make the most of the time put forth.
Wind Up and Wind Down
Exercise is similar to many other things people do. In order to get the most out of it, they need to take it easy at the start, allowing the body to have the opportunity to slowly warm up. This can increase blood flow to tissue and slowly increase the heart rate. After the session, cooling down is every bit as important. Failure to do either of these sometimes results in injury because of poor blood supply to tissues.
Dress for Success
When people exercise, they need to have the ability to move freely and comfortably. Wearing clothes that are loose can allow better movement and airflow. Shoes can be especially important. Too often, people allow their shoes to wear down so that they no longer provide support or comfort. Since this may happen slowly over time, it may be unnoticed until it causes a problem. Many recommend getting new shoes every six months as a general practice. This may assure that people are able to gain maximum benefit from their activity.
Learn to Enjoy Yourself
When we form good habits for physical activity, we will more likely protect ourselves against those injuries that can prove so discouraging. I have learned, from some painful experiences, that following a good routine before and after activity can be the difference between motivation and disappointment. I spend more time than ever before warming up and cooling down. I also pay a lot of attention to my attire for workout. It pays off. Injuries can put a damper on the best intended activities. Who wants that? A bad experience with injuries may ruin anyone's good intentions.
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