How To Exercise Smart And Avoid Pain

August 9, 2011

How To Exercise Smart And Avoid Pain

Aussie women are now participating in more physical recreational activities than men according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The three most popular sport activities are walking for exercise; aerobics, fitness and gym; and swimming and diving.

So if you are starting a new exercise routine or revving up a new one, it is important to know that feeling some muscle soreness is normal. But if your current workout leaves you in real pain it could mean you’re exercising incorrectly or developing an overuse injury by trying to get too fit too fast. If you are starting a new exercise regime after taking a break, like taking time to have a baby, it is important to ease your way into it.

1. Organise a plan

Have everything ready for your workout before you start. Know exactly what workout you’re doing and what you will need for it. Consult a personal trainer to work out an exercise plan based on your fitness level.

2. Get an exercise buddy

Someone who can help motivate you and who you can motivate in return will encourage you when you’re feeling tired and not in the mood, especially when it is cold. A friend can also help you if you experience a sudden cramp or pain while exercising.

3. Exercise safely

According to the Better Health Channel, some exercises can cause damage to bones,
muscles and surrounding tissues, make it more likely that you will injure yourself or worsen a pre-existing injury or medical condition. Avoid bouncing while stretching, standing toe touches (touching your toes), full squats, sit-ups (crunches) and double leg raises. They can all cause injury.

4. Be aware of some of the more common cold-related sports injuries during winter

Badly fitting shoes or the friction of wet socks can cause blisters on the toes, feet and heels. Sprains and strains are more common in winter as cold muscles and connective tissue are more prone to injury. And don’t forget sun protection. Ultraviolet radiation is still present in cold and cloudy conditions.

5. Listen to your body

You experience pain for a reason. Cramps or having a muscle spasm is your body’s way of bringing something to your attention that you’ve been ignoring. Be sensible with your exercise plan and don’t push yourself too hard. Take a break and try Nurofen Gel, an easy to apply, non-greasy odourless gel that helps ease away the pains and swelling of minor muscular injuries. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and is rapidly absorbed into the skin to quickly get to work at the site of your injury.

What’s your favourite exercise?

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