Exercise-related injuries are real. That is why as a fitness coach, I take injury prevention seriously.
I had my fair share of exercise-related injuries as a novice exerciser. Looking back now, I wish I had someone to tell what to do to prevent those injuries. In this article, I share four simple ways to avoid exercise injuries.
Four Ways To Prevent Exercise-Related Injuries
#1- Wear proper shoes
You cannot wear the same shoes for every type of exercise you do. For example, running shoes are not designed for dance aerobics classes. The reason being that running shoes are not designed for multidimensional movements. They are designed for linear movements.
Aerobics class, on the other hand, involves multidimensional movements. The shoes designed for an aerobics class are called cross-trainers. These shoes provide support for the exerciser as the person moves in multiple planes of motion.
Wearing the right shoes for the right exercise is necessary for exercise injury prevention.
#2- Don’t keep up with the Janes the athletes
Fitness training is about progression; you have to be able to crawl first before you attempt to walk. You cannot jump from crawling to running because your friends are running and you want to keep up with them. No, you must earn your fitness at that level before you can use.
The pressure to exercise harder and longer like your friends can increase your risk of exercise-related injuries. I am not saying you should not push yourself out of your comfort zone. What I am saying is, don’t push yourself out of your safety zone because you want to keep up with the Janes. Give yourself the permission to progress in a way that is safe.
And please, don’t be fooled by the 20 seconds of exploit you see on Instagram and Facebook. It is easy for many people to go all out for a 20 seconds Instagram video. You have no idea what is going on behind the scene.
Doing the same exercise every day for several weeks can cause an overuse injury. Even pro athletes who train for particular sports still cross-train. Don’t just do one type of exercise every day. Supplement your favourite exercise with a different kind of exercise training to prevent injuries.
Your body does not get stronger when you are working out. It gets stronger during recovery. Don’t have an “all day, every day” approach to fitness training. Regular rest is an essential part of a proper exercise training.
Exercise is a double-edged sword; it can make you fit, and it can cause injury if you don’t follow proper training protocol.
Following the tips listed above will help reduce the risk of exercise injuries.