The Benefits of Exercise and Ways to Prevent Injuries by Johanna Hernandez
Exercise is not a new fad, it has been around for decades to help you not only look great physically, but also improve your mental state. In recent years, exercise has become increasingly popular. There are so many ways to get fit – not only is there new state-of-the-art equipment available on the markets, but it’s also possible to get in shape by just using your own body weight.
There are new, younger trainers out there who use innovative ways to help you achieve a healthier physical appearance and encourage more women to become empowered by their bodies. They are creating a more body positive image than what we were previously used to. The goal is not just to be thin, but to be strong, happy and healthy. Exercise is not just about lifting weights, doing crunches, and pushups until you feel your abs are going to burst or your legs are about to fall off, but it’s about having fun and feeling self-accomplished that you made a difference for your health. Every exercise brings something to your health- whether it’s losing weight, gaining muscle, flexibility or just to make you a better dancer or better at your sport of choice.
With each workout session, not only does your physical appearance improve, but your mental health and confidence improves as well. Recent studies show that when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body making you feel happy and satisfied when you are done with your session. Working out helps to relieve any stress you might have and it can help to lower anxiety and depression. Exercising on a regular basis can help prevent and improve a lot of health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression while boosting energy, helping you sleep better, and even improving your sex drive.
The only downside to exercise is potentially getting injured. Although most of these injuries can be prevented, some injuries due to sports are sometimes unavoidable. The most common injuries are strains and sprains which can easily be prevented with stretching before and after your routine, using proper shoes and proper technique. Other more severe injuries such as shin splints or fractures can be extremely painful and can take a long time to heal. These types of injuries can set you back from doing so much more than just working out and playing sports, these injuries can impact your day-to-day routine. Unfortunately, if you need surgery, issues or complications can arise in the long-term after recovery.
Finally, we have extreme injuries such as concussions and spinal injuries. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries which are more common with sports such as football and these injuries and they should not be taken lightly. Wearing the proper gear and playing by the rules will help avoid any unnecessary aggression on the field which can help prevent concussions. Spinal injuries can cause not only physical pain, but can add mental stress. Spinal injuries can trigger the back and neck as well to flare up which can lead to other health issues. Learning the correct techniques and form for your sport of choice can help to prevent many of these injuries. Resting and giving your muscles time to recover will help prevent strains. Never workout or play a sport if you have an injury because this can cause more pain to the affected area and will take longer for it to heal. In conclusion, if any injuries do occur, seek medical attention and consult with your doctor before performing any strenuous activities.
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.