Exercise is highly beneficial, this is no secret. However, without approaching exercise with proper consideration and warm ups, it is easy to injure yourself. When dealing with an injury, it’s important to rest until fully recovered. Here are some tips for avoiding injury while exercising:
- Warming Up
Before starting any form of exercise, it is essential to stretch and warm up the muscles and joints. Going straight into strenuous exercise can lead to pulled or torn muscles, strains or sprains. For those who haven’t exercised in a while, this warming up is even more important to ease the body back into exercise. Strains and sprains are the most common exercise related injury. For gym workers, consider the benefits of First aid at work Cheltenham from Tidal Training Direct
The right footwear will offer comfort and support. Try to avoid exercising in new trainers without wearing them a little first or they could rub and lead to blisters. Shoes should have a strong grip and sports socks are a good choice to avoid chafing and rubbing.
Staying hydrated is very important when exercising. Small amounts often are recommended as there is a nasty condition caused by consuming too much fluid too quickly, called hyponatremia. Regular small amounts are better for the body than large quantities in one go, particularly for long distance running.
- Wear the right clothes
For comfort, wearing the right clothing is essential. Dress for the temperature too and choose clothes that don’t cause chafing. As you exercise you will get hot but remember that the body cools down quickly afterwards so be sure to cover up.