One common reason people avoid exercise is due to a fear of getting hurt. Injuries tend to be an unavoidable part of life; however, there are several ways you can prevent injuries relating to exercise.
- Focus on what you’re doing: It’s important to focus on your body’s movements, particularly when it comes to your form whilst performing an exercise. Allowing yourself to be distracted can lead to uncontrolled movements, which may then lead to an injury. While some degree of discomfort during/following your training session can be expected, pain is typically a sign that you have injured yourself.
- Set yourself up for success: It’s important to exercise in a safe environment, which is why you should avoid slippery surfaces, ensure equipment is properly stored when not in use and always wear proper (activity-specific) footwear – shoes designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity.
- Understand your limits: Pushing your body beyond its comfort zone is necessary to improve; however, it is important to be aware of your body’s limitations as pushing yourself beyond what your body can do is a sure-fire way to hurt yourself.
It’s important to remember that as we age, the risk of developing various health issues and diseases – more common with older adults – can be vastly reduced by committing to regular physical activity. Research has shown that working with a personal trainer not only generates results more quickly and efficiently but also with fewer injuries than training alone!