When it comes to starting a new exercise routine or starting any sort of exercise routine for that matter, the easiest thing to do is to cause yourself injuries. Of course, you don’t mean to, but you likely don’t think about the changes your body is about going to through and how to prepare it for the torture ahead.
To help you out in this regard, below are some great tips to help you prevent fitness injuries.
Why Are You Running?
Okay, so maybe you are running because you have taken up the activity. However, this tip is really geared towards running so fast.
The most common mistake which people make when starting exercise is to jump straight into it. This includes those who are increasing their exercise level.
Instead of going from sitting on the couch to a full exercise routine, ease yourself into the change and let your body adjust as you go. More often than not, this will not only prevent injuries but also improve your performance.
What Are You Wearing?
No, you don’t have to go out and buy the latest fashions, but you do need the right gear. This means that if you are taking up running, be sure that you have the correct running shoes. Similarly, if you are taking up cardio exercises, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Rue 21 to pick up some loose clothing which can keep you comfortable and dry as you exercise.
Whatever style or brand you buy, just be sure that it is appropriate for the type of exercise that you will be doing and that it allows your body to have full movement while you workout.
Do you remember the times when people would tell you that a shot of alcohol can help your body heal? Ignore them! Instead, stick to water or another sports based drink to keep your body hydrated. Even if this means that you need to stop every two minutes to take a drink, if this is what your body needs, then be sure to do it.
Stretch it Out
Stretching is boring. There’s no denying that. However, stretching isn’t supposed to be an exciting activity. Instead, the sole purpose of stretching is to prepare your body for and help your body to recover from any level of exercise.
This means that if you are just going to a quick run or walk, stretch first. If you are lifting weights, stretch first. And no matter which exercise you choose to do, always stretch after! If you are familiar with the pain felt the day after an intense workout then you are familiar with lactic acid. Stretching after your workout helps to release any tense muscles along with promoting air and oxygen supply, reducing the level of pain and discomfort you feel the next day.
When it comes to exercise, it is something everybody can do, you just need to make sure you go about it the right way. In addition to the tips above, always be sure that you are listening to your body. If you need to slow down, then slow down. If you need to stop, then stop.