Health Tip: Help Prevent Exercise Injury
Don't forget to warm up and cool down
(HealthDay News) -- There's no surefire way to stay young, but plenty of regular exercise may be the closest way.
Nonetheless, you can over-exercise or work out incorrectly, increasing your chances of injury.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for proper exercise:
- Take a few minutes to warm up with some light cardio exercise (walking or jogging) and gentle stretching before you begin your workout.
- Always cool down after you're finished exercising.
- Exercise consistently in a balanced way, instead of doing too much too infrequently.
- Take lessons before you try a new exercise or sport, and make sure you have the proper equipment that fits well.
- Pay attention to your body's warning signs, and adjust your workout accordingly. Don't just exercise "through the pain."
- Don't increase your workout by more than 10 percent each week.
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