Christopher R. Hood JR, DPM
Summer is in full swing in Philadelphia—the temperatures are soaring, the sun is shining, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Getting your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day can do wonders for your health, but it’s easy to get bored of the mundane walk around the block or jog on the treadmill. Instead, participate in something new and exciting that you may not have done before.
If you’ve been thinking about running a 5K but have been apprehensive to do so, you may be more capable than you think. A 5K is great run for beginners because at 3.1 miles, it’s not a very long distance, so you can prepare for the run in just a couple of months.
If you exercise daily, it’s important to maintain muscle health in order to avoid tears and strains. Keeping your muscles healthy will also help you enhance your performance and allow you to gain more muscle strength.
When you’ve experienced a sports injury, it’s important to allow time to fully recover before getting back to your normal exercise routine. If you put stress on the affected area before it’s completely healed, you risk injuring it all over again, and that can result in more damage and more recovery time.
The body performs better when the muscles are warm, limber, and flexible. Stretching before workouts or any form of exercise can be beneficial in helping you perform your best and improve your range of motion and strength. It also increases blood and oxygen flow to muscles, tendons, and ligaments to help reduce soreness and speed recovery.
It’s common for new runners to hit the road and just start running as far and as fast as they can. Although running seems like it’s a pretty straightforward sport, it’s important to slowly work your way into it and give yourself time to train. Even if you consider yourself to be physically fit, running requires preparation, and planning out your approach is a great way to do it safely.
Putting your body through a series of demanding workouts every day can be challenging. It’s important to take care of your body to ensure that you stay in shape and perform the best as you can to avoid injury.
Staying physically fit is important to your health and overall well-being, but exercise can be damaging if you’re not careful.
After suffering an injury, your physical activity may be limited. This can be frustrating, especially if you’re used to daily exercise or if you’re conditioning for a specific sport or a marathon. It’s very important to immobilize your injury or risk injuring it again.