Whether you lead a very active lifestyle or spend the majority of your day at a desk, your body is prone to suffering aches and pains that can develop into long-tern problems if preventive measures aren’t taken. Even making the smallest modifications in your normal routine can make a significant difference and decrease the risk for injury. There are a few basic tips you can follow in particular to help yourself avoid an injury.
Know Your Limits
To begin with, there’s one rule everyone should live by and that is to know what their physical capabilities are and not try to exceed them. You may like a good challenge, but doing more than your body can handle may end up causing more harm than you realized was possible. Know your limits and understand that those may change as your body goes through changes over the years.
Don’t Skip the Warm-Up
Doing any kind of activity with cold muscles is asking for trouble. Warm-ups are essential for warming up the body’s temperature and getting the blood flowing to the muscles. This can simply consist of a variety of stretches and movements that are a less intense version of the activity you’re about to participate in.
Make Nutrition a Priority
Nutrition is key in preventing injuries. A balanced diet and proper hydration is vital for energy and replenishment. The nutrients you consume will be used by the body in the recovery process that occurs after any kind of workout or activity to repair your muscles and keep them from becoming damaged.
Remember the Importance of Recovery
Bodies also need plenty of rest and recovery time. It’s important to listen when your body gives you warning signs that indicate an adjustment in routine is necessary.
Pains and injuries can really take a toll on your life and make it difficult for you to resume the activities you enjoy doing most. At the Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy, the licensed and certified therapists won’t only focus on your pain management and physical therapy, but also on educating you for the prevention of future injuries.