Aging Safely: Tips on Avoiding Injuries
As we get older, it is common for our muscles to become weaker, stiffer, and less elastic. This is just a natural byproduct of getting older. As a result, we are more prone to injury if we ever have an accident. But, there are ways to counteract this, to reduce the likelihood of serious injury, through daily and healthy lifestyle choices. In this blog we want to go over measures you can take to care for your body physically in order to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Consider These Health Tips
Warm Up: Warming up means easing in to any kind of physical activity you might be doing. This means don’t walk in to the gym and just start lifting weights, or don’t go outside and just start running. Going from no activity to full blown exercise can lead to injury. Instead, do some light activities like walking, stretching, or slowly easing into any activity. An example of the latter can be used in weightlifting. Start off with very light weights, doing a few reps, and increase the weight by five pounds. Repeat this process until you get to your target weight, then you can start your working set. This is a great way to warm up and to get your body prepared for the physical activity you planned on. And when you finish any exercise, make sure to cool down and ease out of the exercise, e.g. doing stretches. Please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.
Listen to Your Body: As we age, joints and cartilage sometimes degenerate. Depending on the severity of symptoms, like pain or swelling, the only way to deal with joint pain is to be careful and use caution. That is to say, do not do any exercise that causes you discomfort. If you do, then you are more likely to hurt yourself. For example, if running hurts your knees, then you should stop and see a doctor. A doctor may recommend changing your exercise, like swimming instead of running. These alterations allow you to stay active, while avoiding the potential for injury.
Stretch: One of the leading causes of sprains and strains is due to inelastic muscles. Whenever a muscle is overextended you risk pulling or tearing ligaments and muscle. Fortunately, you can engage in stretching activities to elongate your muscles. Stretching allows your body to remain flexible and better able to withstand the force of unexpected accidents, like slipping on a wet floor.
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Visit your doctor to determine what weight is healthy for your age and body type. But, staying within a healthy weight can also help prevent injuries. Being overweight can put pressure and strain on your joints. If you embark on a weight loss journey, then make sure to take it slow and do not lose over 1-2 pounds a week. Rapid weight loss is not healthy.
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