It might seem like a good idea to try out that crane pose in yoga or the one where you balance on your hands, but unless you’re well practised moving yourself into odd positions can cause more damage than good.
And it’s not just the difficult exercises that can cause problems – even the most innocuous of moves can have you hobbling around in agony leading to serious hip, lower back or shoulder injuries if you’re not careful.
Even those who are taking extreme levels of exercise can get too overenthusiastic and do themselves a mischief by not taking due care and attention to their bodies.
But you can take steps to prevent injuring yourself and as long as you do it right, you’ll be in that fancy yoga pose before you even know it!
Here’s the best way to safeguard yourself from sprains and strains before you begin an exercise.
While a new exercise programme sounds exciting and dynamic, it’s vital you take it at your own pace and don’t try to impress others with the amount or level you are working at. If you listen to your body, eat healthily and stretch often, then there’s no reason you should injure yourself.
I agree that if you exercise loads then injury is inevitable - it's just part of the territory, but it beats staying in.
they say that if you don't want to get injured, stay at home - but then most accidents happen at home! Life is full of risk, far better to exercise and risk injury (not always from carelessness) than do nothing and become spherical!
James - sometimes it can be carelessness, but what about all those top athletes who get injured? Haven't they got all the experts and physiotherapists on hand to advise them all the time, yet it still happens? You probably also need to adjust your routine as you get older. Some people just think they can carry on the same things for the rest of lives when actually they have to listen to their body saying it's getting too old for that now!
James mate, you're just lucky. Or not pushing yourself very hard. If you're serious about training than you risk injury, with all the precautions in the world. That's why it's good to see tips on recovering from injury alongside ideas of how to prevent it - you just can't avoid it completely.
I see injury as a consequence of carelessness. Not doing your warm-up or not using the correct technique. Maybe it's just my perfectionist streak, but I don't do carelessness. And I don't get injured.
The trouble with injuries is that they can happen even when you're not exercising. I hurt my lower back a few weeks ago lifting up our guinea pig hutch (no doubt using the wrong posture). It means that now any high impact exercise is impossible. I am hoping it will heal soon. It's good to remember these tips apply throughout your day as well as at the gym.
It took a pretty bad injury that had me out of my running and training schedule for 4 weeks to show me that I had to respect what my body was telling me. Now I listen to myself more closely and only challenge myself to levels I know are far reaching but definitely achievable.
it doesn't take much to create a workout injury for those of us no longer in our twenties, and it can be immensely frustrating waiting for the problem to heal. I do think that stretches are best at the end of a workout - stretching cold muscles can cause injury.