Whether it’s in the workplace, or at the gym, it’s important to take measures to prevent injury. Physical activity is supposed to make you stronger – not injure you. Are you doing everything you can to ensure your health?
- Routine Physicals – Routine check-ins with your doctor are always important, but especially if you’re starting an exercise program. Any new physical activity can place stress on your joints and cardiovascular system. A routine physical will help your doctor determine if there are any limitations required based on your physical health.
- Start Slowly – It’s not uncommon for people to start an exercise routine and overestimate their ability or push themselves too hard at the beginning. This can not only lead to injury, but cause you to give up too quickly. Start slowly and proceed gradually from there by increasing the amount of time your exercise and/or the amount of weight you’re using when strength training. Our exercise programs start with Foundation (4 days a week of exercises) and build up to Intermediate (5 days a week) and Advanced (6 days a week).
- Proper Technique – Develop proper movement techniques. If you’re at work or lifting things at home or having to repeat a movement, make sure to align your joints and engage larger muscle groups. If you’re at the gym and unsure of the proper form when weight lifting, ask a trained professional for assistance.
- Healthy Nutrition – Incorporating healthy meals and staying hydrated throughout the day will provide the lasting energy your body and mind need to pay attention and focus. If you’re going to the gym, don’t exercise on an empty stomach. Enjoy a healthy snack and water a couple hours before your workout. This will provide your body with the energy it needs to complete your workout safely.
- Get Enough Sleep – While the connection may not be immediately obvious, sleep is an important part of not only your whole health, but also injury prevention. A study found that 90% of over-training injuries were caused by sleep deprivation. While you sleep your body is hard at work repairing and recovering. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night. Need help getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep? Check out our blog post on how to get a good night’s rest.