General Exercise Injury Prevention Guidelines
Every sport comes with its own specific set of safety guidelines and gear for keeping you at the top of your game and minimizing the number of injuries you suffer on and off the court. Whether your idea of exercising is spending every free minute you have on the treadmill to keep your body rocking a swimsuit all year long or you consider walking from your car to your second floor office the only thing you need to break a sweat, it’s important to know the general safety guidelines that can help you stay injury free no matter where you are, what you’re doing, or where you are going with your fitness routine.
Some of the most common ways both athletes and non-athletes become injured include falling, pulling muscles, becoming overly tired or exhausted, and overdoing it on their exercise, whatever it may be.
But what are some of the most important things you can do to keep yourself in tip top shape every day, no matter what workout routine you do? Try these on for size to minimize injury and maximize your daily workout pleasure.
- Drink plenty of water. Whether you’re an athlete or a mathlete, you need to drink enough water to sustain your lifestyle. If you don’t drink enough water, you’re likely to get dehydrated. This can cause problems for all of your major organs and body functions and can also be a serious hazard if you catch an illness.
- Stretch every day and do it multiple times. You probably think that stretching is only for serious athletes, but everybody needs a good stretching. So whether you’re on your feet for a workout every day or you spend your days exercising your mind, take the time to stretch before and after a workout, and for at least 10 minutes every hour to ensure that you stay limber and injury free.
- Never push yourself too hard or too fast. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or you’re just starting out on trying to get fit, your body has limits. Abide by those limits so you can avoid injury.
Keep yourself safe, no matter weight exercise you perform and you can be on your way to better health without an injury setback.