How to Prevent Injury as a Beginner to Running
In modern health discourse, a lot of emphasis is placed on encouraging people to exercise. However, not as much emphasis is placed on exercising the right way, which results in a lot of people suffering from injuries due to improperly implementing exercise techniques. As a result of this fact, a lot of people tend to stop exercising not long after they started, claiming that they keep getting injured. More often than not this is because they are not implementing proper form.
If you are planning on starting exercising, you need to start thinking of ways in which you can prevent injury so that you can start exercising for the long term. The first thing that you need to understand is that there are a multitude of reasons that you may get injured during exercise. One of the most prevalent is an old injury resurfacing, which is dangerously common. These injuries can often take years to go away completely, and oftentimes if you do not take a break and get the proper treatment they never go away at all, instead coming back again and again and preventing you from exercising to your full potential.
One very important thing that you need to do in order to prevent injury is warm up before you start exercising. This means stretching your muscles out through a series of movements and making sure that you have your blood flowing before you get started. A common mistake that a lot of people tend to make is that they fail to warm up their body, instead they end up focusing a little too much on their muscles. You need to keep in mind that warming up your joints is extremely important as well, indeed it is one of the most important aspects of warming up in general. Warming up your joints is actually quite easy. All you need to do is move your joint around a little to get blood flowing to it. Another important tip is to crack your joints. This helps to loosen them up and will prevent them from getting injured during some of your more intensive exercise routines.
A common mistake that people make when they start exercising is that they do not make it a frequent routine. A lot of people seem to think that if they exercise a couple times a week with very high intensity, it would be the same as exercising four or five times a week with moderate intensity. This is not the case at all. Your body would need to acclimatize itself to the exercise, and the only way to make sure this happens is to give it a daily exercise routine that you are planning on sticking with. It is perfectly alright to start slow with gentle exercises, the main focus should be on frequency as opposed to intensity. If you start slow, you will be able to continue your exercise routine for a longer period of time.