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Stay Flexible to Avoid Injury
Physical injury is one of the worst fears of both competitive athletes and the aging alike. What is worse for the ego is physical injury while training or doing something inane. CrossFit participants claim regular injury, even included pulled muscles. In fact, nearly 73% claim some sort of injury. While this may make CrossFit seem dangerous, it is possibly more the greatest cause of gym injuries: ego. Pushing one’s self too far too fast without preventative measures can surely make a workout plan go sour.
Common gym, workout, or daily injuries could be prevented with increased flexibility and muscle strengthening. Modern foot and ankle injuries may come from rounded shoulders from hours of computer work. This makes the center of gravity shift uncontrollably, causing ankles to move in directions unwanted. This same rounded back without even trying can cause severe lower back pain and tightness, both from merely sitting and also from lifting at the gym without loosening the back first. Tight or weak hips, often from too much sitting, can cause knee injuries.
One can prevent these injuries and others by finding ways to stay flexible. First, remember to warm up the muscles slowly prior to serous exertion. A light jog and then active stretching will help. Remember to also stretch post workout, too, adding in some strengthening exercises like core work and push ups. Keep workouts to an appropriate length and intensity for your training level, eat healthy recovery foods, and focus on whole body workouts. While stretching before and after workouts is important, having a focused flexibility session is more potent.
One such session is yoga. Look for yoga in the Bronx to help start an all-around full workout schedule. Balancing yoga with cardio, weights, and good nutrition means a longer, healthier, happier life. There are many different yoga classes to choose from, and also many different levels. Hatha, for example, is excellent for newbies to yoga. This practice combines poses and breathing techniques to increase flexibility and balance of each participant. Once experienced, you might want to try Bikram (hot yoga) which claims that the increased heat loosens muscles so that stretching becomes easier and more efficient. If heat isn’t your thing, try ashtanga once you are experienced with basic poses and want a challenge. Look for Bronx yoga studios to try out yoga and increase flexibility.
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