You’re geared up, pumped up, and ready go. You know your goals, you have your motivation, why would you ever stop exercising? Because you can seriously hurt yourself if you’re not careful, of course. Here, we’re going to look at the very real risk of injuries caused by overtraining or pushing yourself beyond your limits, how you avoid it, and how to handle it if you end up causing yourself some pain.
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Make all the necessary preparations
Your fitness routine should be about more than the exercise itself, it should also place some importance in the preparations you need to make. This means investing in clothes that give you the mobility and support you need, such as a good pair of running shoes. It also means stretching and warming up before an exercise to ensure your body’s limber and ready for the push. Nutrition is just as essential, you need some healthy energetic fuel and plenty of hydration to supply your body for the workout.
Remember to chill
After the workout is just as important as before the workout. Finishing with some cool-down exercises and stretching can ensure your muscles don’t get stuck in knots. The most important aspect of finishing a workout is that you give yourself time to recover after. A rest day isn’t going to get in the way of your progress, nor is it pointless. Exercise causes damage to your muscles so that they grow stronger as they repair, but if you don’t rest, they don’t have the opportunity to repair, increasing the risk you cause some real harm.
Know how to deal with an injury
If you don’t follow the steps above or fail to notice the difference between exercise aches and real, dangerous pain, you may end up suffering an injury. However, you still have plenty of control over how well you recover from it. If you get hurt, find a physical therapist who can help you find the right balance between activity and rest. Trying to get right back into exercise can only cause more pain, but too much bed rest can be just as bad for you, as it has been shown to slow recovery time.
Build a gradual approach to fitness
How do you make sure you don’t push too far beyond your limits? Having a fitness plan is essential for responsible health and fitness. Scale what you do week after week, starting off with light exercises if you’re not experienced at all. Build it as time goes on. If at any point you feel like your body isn’t able to cope effectively with the strain, then ease off the progress a little. So long as you’re moving the goalposts ahead, you should consistently see progress. Don’t dive into the deep end right from the start.
Injuring yourself due to exercise or sports can set you back significantly, so it’s best to focus on prevention above all else. If it does happen, however, getting the right balance of activity and rest is essential in helping you recover all the quicker.