How Baby Boomers Can Prevent Common Injuries When Exercising
June 7th, 2018 by Synergy Admin
Exercise is a foundational part of maintaining good physical and mental health. Regular physical activity can effectively slow down the aging process by enhancing muscle and joint function, keeping our bones strong, and decreasing the risk of serious health conditions like cardiovascular disease. However, as we age the risk of exercise-related injuries increases. Changes that occur in our musculoskeletal system as we age can make us vulnerable to some of the most common injuries related to exercise. To help keep you on your feet and feeling good, here are a few tips for baby boomers trying to avoid injury-related ailments.
Warming up before your exercise is crucial. Cold muscles are naturally more prone to injuries like pulls, tears, and strains. Light cardio activities like leg lifts, toe taps, stationary cycling, and jogging or walking in place can be a great way to ease your body into your workout. While stretching is important, remember not to stretch until your muscles are warmed up, as this can also lead to potential injury.
Cooling down after your exercise is just as important as warming up. Performing some light stretching after exercising can help improve your flexibility and better prepare your body for the next time you exercise. Cooling down can also help your body recover from your workout.
Spread Out Your Weekly Exercise
You are far better off getting a smaller amount of exercise every day than compressing a week’s worth of exercise into a weekend. We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. If you can’t squeeze this into your schedule, try breaking your activity into 10-minute blocks. This activity can take the form of everyday tasks like walking the dog, working outdoors, playing with your kids, and more.
Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard
As we age, it’s normal for our bodies to lose some flexibility. This means some physical activities or sports can be harder on our bodies than they were years ago. It’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself beyond your physical limitations to prevent potential injuries.
It’s great to stay active as you age, but it’s important to be smart about your exercise regimen and adjust it as need be. Following these tips can’t guarantee that you’ll stay injury-free. They can however reduce your chances of getting hurt before or after your workout. Taking the necessary precautions and being mindful of our body’s needs can go a long way towards remaining active for many more years to come. To see how we can help at your peak performance level, contact Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and more.