Injury prevention is one of the most important factors that we need to weave into our fitness routines. It’s very hard to start from a complete stop. And there’s nothing that can bring our fitness routine to a stop like an injury.
A few years ago, a good friend approached me in the gym and asked why I wasn’t running as much as I used to.
I told him that my knees were bothering me.
He asked me what I was doing about it.
I did some research, self experimentation, trial & error, and ended up adding some glucousamine and leg lifts to my daily routine. I’ve been happily running ever since.
How many times in life do we accept a false handicap without ever trying to overcome it? I used ‘my knees hurt’ for two years as an iron-clad excuse. How many others are out there allowing their age, an old sports injury, or something else hold them back from what they could be doing? There are many serious injuries that require rest and even surgery, but rest is a temporary prescription and surgery is usually the last resort for only the most severe injuries. For the vast majority of us, it’s worth a little self-evaluation and challenging our condition.
The good news is that the majority of injuries are minor ones and can be addressed with rest, recovery and some physical therapy (stretches & exercises). Below are some stretches and exercises suggestions for some common ailments. Add them to your fitness routine for some injury prevention insurance.
These are just a few ways you can help yourself with injury prevention or recover from a nagging minor fitness ailment. For more information, check out the stretching, basic exercises and the common injuries pages for more ideas on how to get and stay injury free.
You can find Behind the Scenes and other motivational fitness information in the September 2006 article of The Bullhorn.