At the start of each new year, many people set physical fitness goals. Consequently, it is common to see an increase in exercise-related injuries in our clinic around the start of the year. If increasing physical activity is a part of your New Year’s plan it is important to follow some basic guidelines to avoid common injuries that can delay or derail your plans for a healthier 2020.
- Always warm-up and stretch before any exercise routine to increase heart rate and blood flow and loosen stiff joints and tight muscles.
- Maintain a balanced diet to support increased activity. Nuts, beans, avocados, and dried fruits are a good source of natural sugars, healthy fats, and muscle-building proteins. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
- Never push beyond safe limits, especially when lifting weights. Good form is key to injury avoidance.
- If you feel pain, don’t ignore it. Seek out the assistance of a doctor or therapist to prevent an acute injury from becoming a chronic issue.
From the team at Milliken, good luck with your New Year’s fitness resolutions! If you are suffering from an acute or chronic injury please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our occupational or physical therapists.