Watching the Winter Olympics can be a great inspiration to get into an exercise regimen, especially if you’ve been fairly sedentary since the holidays started. But before you head to the ice to try a triple axel or a quad lutz it’s important to make sure your body is ready; otherwise, you may find yourself sore at the very least, and possibly with severe injuries.
Employers can help ensure workers show up injury-free on Monday morning by reminding them of the risks they face and how to keep themselves safe.
Many of us are guilty of doing little to no exercise during the week and trying to make up for it on weekends. Or we have the opportunity to play some physically active sports with our friends or kids.
‘Weekend warrior’ is the general term for someone who gets involved in strenuous activities only on the weekend. In addition to sporting activities, that can also include doing projects around the house that are physically demanding.
The problem is your muscles can’t suddenly be flexible and ready to go just because you are. You need to take care of them and prepare before diving in. Remember, Red Gerard has practiced snowboarding in his backyard every day for years. He didn’t just decide to take to the slopes and magically win a gold medal. Also, he’s 17 years old.
Whether it’s skiing, skating, painting a room, shoveling snow or working out in a gym, you need to be cognizant of how physically fit (or not) you are. Over straining your muscles can cause some serious trauma to your body.
Some of the injuries we see among weekend warriors are;
Many, if not all of these are preventable. It just takes some forethought before you go racing on the treadmill. Here are some tips that can make a big difference in how your body handles strenuous activity:
Getting back into physical activity is great — as long as you take proper precautions. Whether it’s been years, months, weeks or even a few days since you last did vigorous exercise, your body needs to be ready in order to avoid injuries. Taking these few simple steps can mean the difference between being in pain and feeling in tip top shape.
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