The benefits of exercise are well documented – weight loss, fitness, improving mental and physical health. But what about the negatives? Nothing comes without risks, and exercise is no exception. I am generally pretty clumsy, so no matter what I do, some accidents will happen, but there are a lot of things you can do to prevent sports injuries.
As you all know, I am doing the Couch 2 5k program at the moment. I started it last year, but I had to quit at the end of week 4 due to a knee problem. Although part of it was due to having carried around so much excess weight for so long, it was also because I never stretched properly – a sure fire way to cause an injury. This time round, I am doing at least 5 minutes of stretching before and after my run and I am really noticing a difference – there is much less knee pain. Stretching your muscles can help lubricate the joints and muscles and improve blood flow. Stretching is also said to increase flexibility and therefore improve performance.
AXA PPP healthcare are offering help and advice on how to prevent and treat sports injuries like knee troubles, shin splints, cartilage tears an all other fitness related injuries in a live chat on Thursday 23 August from 3pm to 5pm (then click live chat on the top left) UK TIME. So that is a start time of 10am East coast USA, 9am Central USA and 7am West Cost USA. It is open for anyone to join in. You can also leave your questions on their Facebook and Twitter.
The expert web discussion will be led by health expert and GP Dr Alasdair Wright who has previous experience as a national team tennis player and coach, so has had his fair share of injury experience. He will be able to answer any questions you have about preventing and treating sports injuries – so don’t miss out on this free opportunity. I shall be taking part and asking what is the best way to avoid knee problems when running and what to do if you still get knee pains.
After the chat, there is also plenty of health and fitness advice in the be healthy section, like warm up guides and exercises.
Look after your body by doing all you can to prevent injury when working out – it’s the only body you have!