Unfortunately ‘it’ happens from time to time…
Have you ever had a hitch in your step, a kink in the neck or a pinch in the leg? Though there are so many benefits to exercise (one being injury prevention) we need to know how to recover, rest and re-ignite!
Those old injuries can reoccur or something new may pop up and if you don’t listen to what your bod is say’in you could do more damage than good. Here are a few pointers to help keep you in the gym, running around outside or side stepping at line dancing!
1. Create a safe environment: Pick up your weights, watch for potholes or ice when running, and if playing a game make sure the equipment and setting work appropriately.
2. Warm up properly: Running late and just want to jump in to class? Hold on for dear life! Your muscles, joints, ligaments and heart need to be properly prepared or you may rip or jam something up which will put you out for a much longer time.
3. Technique, technique, technique: Remember mother telling you “Shoulders back, chest out, tummy in, throw a book on your head and practice.” Well at least my mother would tell me that and, well, she was right! Posture, balance and performing activities correctly trump speed any day!
4. Hydrate: Most of your body, its organs, tissues, muscles, cells, etc. are made up of water. When we are dehydrated all sorts of terrible things can happen, some uncontrollably. Muscle spasms, cramps, inability to heal, can at times be chalked up to not enough water. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your activity.
5. Rest: No, rest is not underrated! We all need time to sleep, rest, recover and repair. Your body’s ability to rebuild and heal require it! Avoid burn out as well by taking a day off here and there and get plenty of good sleep!
6. RICE: Inflammed? In Pain? Remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate! I had never heard of RICE until I got shin splints and let me tell you-I have never forgotten it!
Make sure if pain continues you seek out professional help. Many doctors, chiropractors and massage therapists have done wonders to get people back moving again!