To live a happy life, it’s important that you also live a healthy life. Feeling fit and in shape can work wonders on your quality of life and your mental and emotional health. Taking just 30 to 60 minutes a day focusing on your physical health can bring improvements in almost every aspect of your life.
However, it’s vital that you exercise in a safe way in order to prevent any injury or damage to your body. To keep you looking great while feeling great, here are some tips for avoiding injuries while working out.
1. Dynamic Stretching
We all know it’s important to warm up before we get into any kind of intense work out. However, the stretches we used to do in gym class might not be the best option for starting your training. Rather than static stretching, try dynamic stretching instead.
According to HumanKinetics.com, dynamic stretching, moving through a range of motion that stretches your muscles, can actually increase your range of motion and make you more mobile while participating in sports or just chasing after your kids. Dynamic stretching also makes you less likely to pull muscles by heating the body up and stretching the muscles naturally rather than trying to stretch them while they’re cold.
This type of stretching will also make you less likely to get injured at work, while cleaning or even while running errands.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water while working out will help to keep your system running smoothly without getting overworked or overheated.Active.com equates not drinking water while exercising to not having gas in your car when you’re driving it. You need that hydration to keep your muscles loose and your body feeling well enough to participate in strenuous workouts.
To find how much water you should be drinking, CamelBak has an interactive calculator to give you the right amount of water for your body each day. The amount your body needs depends on a lot of factors, so make sure you’re giving your body the proper care and hydration.
One of the easiest ways to get injured from exercising is to work too hard with too few breaks. Your body needs time to rest and recuperate. If you overwork your body, you may find that you’re not progressing at the pace you want, you have a lack of energy, and your body never feels fully comfortable. To avoid this, Muscle and Fitness recommends working out for no more than one hour sessions per day and to only workout 3 to 4 times per week in order to give your body the break it needs to keep you strong and healthy.
While jumping right into a work out, not taking water breaks, and exercising every day might seem like it’s putting you on the fast track to fitness, these things will actually do your body more harm than good. To stay in top health, use these tips to avoid injury while working out and reach your ultimate potential.