If you want to stay injury free in 2014 and beyond, then it’s time to start looking after your body and doing things the right way. Here are 6 tips to help you achieve that…
According to many of the leading sports therapists, the number one reason why people get injured is because they are not flexible enough.
So how can you become more flexible? One way is to try out activities such as Yoga and Pilates to increase your range of motion. Also, make sure you warm up before engaging in any kind of activity or sports, and then always stretch and warm down once finished.
Another reason why people are always picking up niggling little injuries is because of poor posture. As an example, if you have poor posture while running or playing tennis then it puts a lot of strain on your knees, which will ultimately lead to injuries in the future.
The best to way to gain good posture is to consult with a coach so they can look at your technique and give you advice on what to change.
See a sports therapist
Without a doubt, the number thing you can do to stay injury free in 2014 is to see a qualified sports therapist. More importantly, you should make an appointment to see them even when you don’t have an injury, as they will be able to offer advice on how to protect certain areas of your body, especially if you are constantly having problems.
Ultimately, if the first time you see a sports therapist is when you are already injured then you have left it too late.
Take it slow
Every year millions of people pick up injuries because they try to do too much in a short amount of time.
Sure, you might be eager to run 1 mile in under 5 minutes, but if you are just starting out then you need to slowly build up to this. Going too fast will just lead to injury and frustration. Never a good combination.
Get plenty of rest
Your body requires plenty of time to heal and repair itself, and when you don’t get plenty of rest that is when the injuries start to pile up. It’s recommended that you get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and you should take extra rest if certain parts of your body feels sore or aches.
At the end of the day, if you listen to your body and treat it well, then expect to be richly rewarded over the long term.
Another way to become injury free in 2014 is to become physically stronger. This means doing some basic strength exercises such as squats and the bench press to help make your core stronger and your body less injury prone.
You don’t have to become someone that lives in the gym, but you will definitely start to see the difference with one or two high intensity workouts a week.