Steering Clear of Injury
Steering Clear Of Injury
It is important to stay injury free as any injury can make you incapacitated for long periods of time and they can reoccur at later times disrupting your training.
Rather than trying to lift too much weight at the gym and risk injury, it would be better to reduce the weight and do more repetitions of the same exercise.
Stretching your muscles before a workout or other form or exercise such as a run or a walk will help to reduce the chance of injury.
It is always wise to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program if you have any doubts about any aspect of your health.
If you have had prior injuries to any parts of your body you might need to ‘work around’ these when planning your training program to ensure they aren’t aggravated and cause you to miss valuable training time.
With weight training you can, under some circumstances, still train parts of your body if you have injured other areas, but it is often difficult as resistance training usually involves the whole of the body.
Training with machines might be an option.
With walking and running it is obvious that damage to your legs will quickly put an end to your training so stretching your legs before and after exercise, particularly your hamstrings will help to eliminate problems.
If you do suffer an injury, you will need to determine whether it is wise to continue training, albeit with less intensity, or to rest completely until the injury has recovered completely.
Sometimes light exercise can help with recovery whereas other times it can delay your recovery and often make the problem worse.
It is times like this that professional advice from your doctor or fitness trainer will be invaluable.
You should never be training to the extent that you are susceptible to injury as injuries can reoccur throughout your life once a muscle, tendon or ligament has been damaged.