Keep Yourself Fit To Avoid Injuries
By Jill Kane
Some trainers believe in the common saying ‘No pain, no gain’. Whenever you start a new fitness routine you may feel a little discomfort. At most it will last for the first few days. This pain is a natural warning sign. There’s nothing to worry about but you should pay attention to it.
You can start with a good exercise routine. Don’t be excessive but you can push yourself a bit. After a few days muscles will get used to your new routine. Lactic acid, micro-tears and other physiological changes occur in the muscles and they become stronger than before.
But be careful if you are experiencing back pain, neck aches, knee joint pain and other symptoms. Then you need to consult with a specialist. For sure there is some fault in the way you are doing your routine. May be you are working too hard or trying to get quick results, or you have some medical problem and that exercise is not the right one for you.
It will take some time to adjust to any new strong exercise. So it’s better to start slowly. How to set your pace when it comes to exercise depends on so many factors. It varies from person to person, depending on age, experience, earlier exercise routines and total fitness.
Your muscles should get warmed up and relaxed before cranking them up. Many of your problems are caused from your muscles being too cold and not stretching. Sometimes it happens from overextending your capacity. So take it slow!
It’s necessary to take 15 minutes for warm-up exercises which might include very mild jogging in place or jumping jacks. It helps the cardio and lung systems to work well. To get joints lubricated and muscles relaxed and gently lengthened you can do some slow and gradual stretching during this time. Be sure that you are taking sufficient time to warm up. If the warm up is too short it can easily lead to stretched or torn cartilage. It will take a long time to heal this type of damage.
Please do not try to get out and run five miles only two weeks after an injury, surgery or other debilitating condition. The result may be dangerous and cause long-term damage. Sometimes physical therapy is needed which works to relieve discomfort. But do therapy only if it is recommended by a doctor. Do a regular course but don’t try to jump over tall buildings the first day out.
Trying to keep fit through exercise is always an excellent idea. But overdoing it is just the opposite of your goal. Your aim is to improve your health and strength and not to prove that you are Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Whenever you are going to begin some new activities which you are not familiar with, you need an expert’s guidance. An incorrect way of warming up or exercising may cause injury too. First you should know the proper way to use the weight machines. There is nothing to get embarrassed about if you don’t know the correct procedure. It’s not possible for someone to know everything about exercising. Just ignore the people who laugh at you because you are unsure of how to proceed.
The environment is very important while you go through your routine. Be careful that you don’t end up crashing into a wall or the person exercising next to you when you are in a rhythm or totally concentrated on your workout.
When you are jogging on the road you need to pay attention to the imperfections of the surface and the people and cars around you. No athletic shoe, no matter how specialized, will keep you from slipping on a muddy patch. Only alertness and good reflexes can save you in this situation.
Once you achieve your comfort zone, you can increase both the time and the strenuousness of your workout. Most people fail to continue their fitness routine because of injuries incurred by working beyond their capacity. Remember the tortoise and the hare: ‘Slow but steady wins the race’.
To continue to have a healthy life you have to exercise common sense while you exercise your body.
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