There are so many benefits to leading an active life. Regular exercise—whether it’s walking, running, biking, or just running around after your children or grandchildren—has numerous health advantages.
Maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your heart and lungs in good working order, boosting your mental health and wellbeing, and reducing your risk factors for common illnesses such as diabetes and cancer are just some of the reasons you should be keeping fit and active.
But leading an active life also comes with some risk. Most people who engage in regular physical activity will sustain an injury at some point. Injuries are not just painful and annoying. They can also throw you off your workout routine, making it harder to get back on track when you’ve recovered, and can put you off exercising at all.
But it is completely possible to live an active life with no injuries in sight. Here are a few of our top tips to keep you fit and healthy without getting hurt.
Start Where You Are
“Don’t try to run before you can walk,” as the saying goes. Wherever you are in your fitness journey, it’s important not to push yourself too hard, too quickly. You can’t get off the couch and immediately run a marathon, and you can’t lift the heaviest weights the first time you get foot in the gym.
Going too hard at the beginning of a fitness regime is one of the leading causes of injury. Start slow, listen to your body, and honour your current level of fitness. Building things up slowly and pushing yourself a little harder each time will get you to your goals with no injuries along the way.
Warm Up and Cool Down Properly
It’s vital to warm up at the beginning of your workout and cool down properly at the end. Warming up gradually wakes up your muscles and cardiovascular system without overloading them, and cooling down takes you through a gradual recovery process.
No matter how busy you are, you should never skip the warm up and cool down phases of your workout. If you do, you’re far more likely to get injured.
Make Use of Supportive Garments
Wearing supportive garments while you exercise can significantly reduce your risk of getting injured. You can protect your knees, wrists, or ankles with a sleeve, take care of your hands or feet with supportive gloves and socks, or protect your back with a gentle, supportive brace.
No matter what sport you love, the Incrediwear range has something you can wear to reduce your risk of injury. Our light, moisture-wicking fabrics are workout friendly, and so comfortable you’ll soon forget you are wearing them.
Use Recovery Wear After You Work Out
What you do after you work out is almost as important as what you do during. If you’re pushing yourself hard or sometimes experience pain after exercising, you might want to consider using recovery wear after working out.
The Incrediwear range of garments is designed to be worn after exercise as well as during. The gentle, non-compression-based technology is scientifically proven to reduce pain and work alongside your body’s natural healing processes. Not to mention it’s a fraction of the price of a trip to the doctor or physiotherapist.
By using recovery wear every time you exercise, you can head injuries off before they happen.
Mix Up Your Routine
Doing the same thing again and again can cause or exacerbate injuries. By mixing up your workout, you exercise different muscle groups and strengthen your whole body. This improves your overall health and fitness as well as reducing your risk of injury.
If you usually run, why not try swimming? If you love dancing, add some weight lifting to your weekly routine. You can also check out online workout videos at home, or see what classes your local gym is running. As a general rule of thumb, a mixture of cardiovascular exercise and strength training is necessary for a complete workout program.
Work with a Trainer
No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, incorrect form is a major cause of injuries. Working with a trainer, even if only for a few sessions, will help you get the right form and avoid getting injured. You will also learn how to perform exercises the most efficient way to get maximum results!
Manage Injuries Properly When They Happen
Sometimes, even when you prepare well and take care of yourself during and after your workout, injuries can happen. The key to getting back on your feet and back out there? Managing your injuries properly if they do occur.
You can care for your injury and accelerate your recovery time by using recovery wear. Our best-selling recovery sleeves use semiconductor elements to release ions, which stimulate blood flow and lymph flow. This brings more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, and assists in the removal of waste products.
Do not try to exercise on an injury, as this can make it worse. Instead, rest the injured area. If there is swelling, using ice can help to relieve it. Be patient and give yourself time to recover fully before jumping back into your exercise routine.
If your injury persists or you think something more serious might be wrong, always speak to your doctor.
So Is it Possible to Live an Active Life Without Injury?
In a word, yes!
We believe that everyone deserves to live an active life and to live pain-free. That’s why we created our range of non-compression recovery wear. So no matter what you love to do, whether you’re a competitive athlete or just want to stay fit and healthy for as long as possible, our supportive garments can help you keep doing it.
By listening to your body, following some basic best practices to keep yourself safe, and investing in the right supportive garments, you can live an active life without getting injured.