No one can claim to be extremely fit thus the need to watch out for fitness injuries. These injuries can occur at the gym, while jogging or simply when undertaking any fitness activity.
Common Workout Injuries
People hurt themselves in all kinds of ways when they work out. Common workout injuries include:
Fitness injuries do not just occur. There are factors that can make a person get the injuries. It could be poor posture or simply not taking it one day at a time.
Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A., who owns The BioMechanics, a corrective exercise and functional fitness facility in San Diego, says there are two main reasons for workout-related injuries. The first is poor posture during the day, which eventually weakens your entire musculoskeletal structure. To combat this, make sure your computer screen is positioned in a way that you’re not straining or hunching to see it.
The other mistake is trying to do too much too fast, in both reps and weight. “The problem that got you into the gym didn’t happen overnight, so you can’t undo it overnight,” says Price, who co-authored the book The Idiots’ Guide to Functional Training.
There are simple ways of preventing fitness injuries. One can implement them to ensure that they are able to exercise without any worries.
Use proper form and gear. Whether you’re starting a new activity or you’ve been playing a sport for a long time, consider taking lessons. Using the correct technique is crucial to preventing overuse injuries. Also make sure you wear proper shoes for the activity. Consider replacing your shoes for every 300 miles you walk or run — or at least twice a year if you regularly exercise.
Pace yourself. If you’re starting a new fitness program, avoid becoming a weekend warrior. Compressing your physical activity for the week into two days can lead to an overuse injury. Instead, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week. It’s also a good idea to take time to warm up before physical activity and cool down afterward.
Not all fitness injuries are serious. This means that one can still keep it even when injured. this is to be done till a person is fully recovered.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Often caused by: Repetitive motions, such as typing or writing, gardening, needlework, and golfing; or swelling due to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women’s smaller wrists make them three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel.
Avoid: Push-ups, plank pose, and any other exercise that involves excessive bending the wrist forward or back; racquet sports can also cause flare-ups.
Try this instead: Chest exercises where you can keep wrists straight and protected—using machines or dumbbells. “Otherwise most exercises should be fine,” says Dr. Safman. “If you play sports, make sure your equipment is the proper size and fit.”