How to Prevent Exercise-Related Injuries

How to Prevent Exercise-Related Injuries

by Jesse J. Leyva,
Outlaw Fit Camp
www.OutlawBootcamp.com

There is nothing more frustrating than starting a workout plan only to succumb to injury. It’s hard enough to get motivated but when there is pain involved it makes it downright impossible some days.

Last month we talked about common injuries due to sedentary lifestyle (sitting at a desk all day), improper form or falls. This month, we will talk about ways to those prevent injuries.

Your 5-Step Injury Prevention Plan

Injuries don’t have to slow you from meeting your fitness goals. The following 5 steps will dramatically reduce your chance of injury and if you do find yourself injured, your recovery will be quick and efficient if you have been following these 5 steps:

Step 1: Stretch

What is more boring than stretching? You want to exercise, not sit around touching your toes, right? Even though it isn’t exciting, stretching is the best way to increase muscle elasticity and durability. Tight muscles are big contributors to strains. Take the time to stretch everyday before and after your workout to stave off injury.

Step 2: Warm Up
Preparing for your workout should not begin and end with putting on your gym clothes. Your muscles need to be coaxed into motion by way of a 10-15 minute warm up in order to prepare them for injury-free use. Cold muscles are less elastic and are therefore more prone
to tears.

Step 3: Proper Gear
For most fitness enthusiasts, proper gear has everything to do with their shoes. Don’t be fooled—not just any shoe will do. Find shoes that offer support and traction for your exercise of choice, and make sure that they aren’t too tight or too loose. If you are prone to ankle injuries then try a pair of high-tops for extra support.

Step 4: Lifestyle

Stop for a moment and think about your car; if you don’t maintain it with regular tune ups, oil changes and quality fuel then you can’t expect it to perform well on the road. The same applies to your body. Getting healthy amounts of sleep, eating well balanced meals and staying hydrated will all contribute to your performance during exercise. The healthier your lifestyle is, the less likely you are to suffer an injury.

Step 5: Condition
This may seem like the most obvious step to injury prevention, but unfortunately it is the most overlooked. People who keep their bodies in top condition by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the least likely to injure themselves. When exercise programs are started and stopped sporadically your muscles are most likely to become injured. Conditioning also has another great benefit that everyone enjoys – you get to look and feel great! And who doesn’t want that, right?

The ultimate injury prevention plan is to work with our team, your qualified fitness experts. Together we will explore proper technique and will craft a plan for your unique fitness goals.

Call us today to get started. It’s time to take action and get the results that you deserve.


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