Strong Body, Less Injuries
We all know we need to look after our bodies by exercising, be we also need to look after our bodies while exercising. The human body is an amazing thing, but it can break when it’s abused and overworked.
Aches, pains and injuries can occur through poor technique when exercising, when the muscles or joints are overworked, have suffered trauma or the body suffers from conditions such as arthritis. Muscle imbalances can also cause injuries over a long period of time as other muscles are forced to overcompensate.
The most common area for pain to occur is in the neck and back. Exercises like sit-ups, heavy lifting with poor technique, a sudden increase in training intensity and muscle fatigue can place more pressure on the spine which can lead to pain in the lower back.
Static activities such as working at a computer all day can cause aches and pains in the neck, causing muscles cramps and a decreased range of movement. By avoiding sitting for long periods of time, adjusting workstations and adopting correct posture will help to reduce force on the spine. Going for a walk and stretching throughout the day is a great way to alleviate and prevent aches and pains. Core stability exercises, like the plank, are crucial in any training program. The more stability you have in your core the more control you have with any other form of physical activity. When these core exercises are performed correctly, they will help build strength through your spine and reduce the risk of lower back pain.
Regular massage is also a great way to relieve aches and pains caused by exercise and overworked muscles.
Always listen to your body. Its crucial to know when to push yourself to become stronger and fitter and when to stop because you could cause yourself harm. Always remember to seek advice from your doctor if injuries do occur.