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Tips to Protect Your Body From Injuries While Exercising

April 20, 2016 in Exercise & Wellness

Health experts agree that exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. For starters, working out on a regular basis can help you burn excess calories to better manage your weight. Physical activity also helps to improve the strength and flexibility of your muscles. Not only will this allow you to lead an active lifestyle, but it can protect areas like your back, neck, legs and arms from becoming easily injured.

However, failing to take the proper precautions before you work out can put your body at risk. After all, it should be no surprise that pushing your body beyond its physical limitations can cause injuries. This becomes particularly concerning if you have suffered a pre-existing spine injury. Luckily, you can protect your lower back and spine by using a back brace such as DR-HO'S ® Back Relief Decompression belt to stabilize your core and lift some of your upper body weight and shift the tension away from your lower back, allowing you to continue exercising.

Additionally, using a foot orthotic such as DR-HO’S ® Air Orthotics, can help reduce the wear and tear of starting a new exercise regime. The heel plate of the DR-HO’S ® Air Orthotics works to absorb the shock of walking and running, reducing impact of the heel strike. The heel plate also works to evenly distribute your body weight helping to protect from tired and sore feet.

Stay well-hydrated

Your body relies on water in order to function properly, so make sure you're well-hydrated before going on a run or heading to the gym, according to Active.com. Your body will also be depleting its reserves of water in the form of sweat as you exercise, so don't stop hydrating once you start working out. Ideally, you should have a bottle of water available throughout your fitness routine so you can provide your body with the nourishment it needs.

Conduct a warm-up

Another essential step to follow before you exercise is to warm up your body. WebMD reports that this can prevent muscle strains or injuries resulting from diving head-first into a workout. Orthopedic surgeon Kenneth Plancher?, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, tells the source that a well-paced warm up allows the body to adjust to increased physical stress without becoming overwhelmed.

Starting off slow and then gradually building up strength and speed is how every workout should begin, particularly if you're currently treating a pre-existing problem such as chronic foot injuries. However, you can incorporate DR-HO'S ® Circulation Promoter (Only available in Canada) after your workout, to relieve discomfort and pain while improving circulation. This post exercise treatment will provide ample oxygenation to your feet, allowing them to recover from your workouts faster, so that you can be ready for the next one.

Take it slow

Even after your body has been warmed up, you should be careful not to push yourself too far. FitWatch.com reports that exceeding your limits can be a surefire way to pull a muscle or tear a ligament. If it feels like you're straining to lift more weight at the gym or are becoming too exhausted to press on while running, give yourself a rest. Working too hard is more likely to result in pain and injury than speed up your fitness goals.

 

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Comments
  • Roann Lapi

    May 14, 2016 at 10:52 am
    Past year now I've been having like an electrifying sensation on the left side of the bottom of my right foot. I thought I was a pretty healthy 56 year old woman. I do not have diabetes anyone have any ideas why this is happening?
    • DR-HO'S

      May 16, 2016 at 10:14 am
      Hi Roann,
      We always suggest that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis or recommendation. Once your doctor has provided some insight to your condition, please do check back with us to see if we may have some products that can provide relief for you, without the use of medication. Please give us a call at 1-877-374-6669. Our product knowledge experts will be happy to assist. Thank you!

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