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No Pain Is a Definite Gain!

No Pain Is a Definite Gain!


No one wants to get hurt when working out. But did you know there are five key steps you can take to prevent the vast majority of gym- and sports-related injuries, steps that you might easily overlook? Here are those simple ways to keep healthy while staying fit. Use the right gear. This includes not only safety items like helmets, face masks, chest protectors, shin and elbow guards, and so on as needed, but also the appropriate shoes to avoid ankle, knee, hip, and back injuries. Follow instructions. Hire and follow the advice of a personal trainer or sport instructor, particularly if you're going to be using new equipment or engaging in a new activity. Don't overdo it. Many sports injuries are caused by the three T's: too much, too soon, and too hard. Start slowly, build up your exercise routine over time, and make sure to get adequate rest between workouts. Vary your routine. Engaging in the same exercise over and over puts you at risk for overuse injuries and muscle imbalances. Not Dressing for Success. If you're going to exercise outside, wear appropriate clothing. That includes hats and gloves in the winter, light-colored and lightweight material in the summer, and sunscreen year-round.

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