Volume 16, Issue 4 January 28, 2019
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Health and Sustainability
Boost Your Energy
Learn how you can avoid injury while working out

 
It's that time again -- a new year and the proclamation of a new personal goal, a New Year’s Resolution. Inc magazine recently cited a survey of 2,000 people on their “10 Top New Year's Resolutions for Success and Happiness in 2019.” Exercising more came in at the number two position and with good reason.

Exercise has numerous benefits, such as combating diseases like diabetes, heart disease and controlling weight. But did you know that exercise can also boost your energy? That’s right. Since exercise strengthens your muscles and improves your cardiovascular system, you will have more endurance and energy to complete your daily tasks.

To help you exercise safely, we would like to offer ten tips that can help you avoid injury while working out.

  1. Before beginning any strenuous exercise program, please speak with your doctor. This is especially important if you have been inactive for a while or have a history of health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or asthma, to name a few.
  1. Warm up properly for five to ten minutes. A brisk treadmill walk, jumping rope, arm swings, shoulder rotations, and jumping jacks get your raise heart rate. Please note that contrary to popular belief, static stretching should be saved until after the body is warm, as cold muscles have less elasticity.
  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are doing a particularly hard workout or running for long distances, use drinks that replace fluids and essential electrolytes, like a sports drink.
  1. Unless you have recently been exercising frequently and vigorously, start your workout slowly and gradually build up activity to your idea level.
  1. When strength training, remember to use good form. Start off with no weights or light weights in order to learn the movement correctly. Trying to lift heavy with improper form is asking for injury. Also, ask for help ego and be sure to use a spotter when lifting heavy free weights.
  1. Working out too frequently and too vigorously can lead to overuse injuries such as swollen tendons and ligaments, or stiff joints and muscles. Use a mixture of different exercises and get sufficient rest to avoid this possibility.
  1. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are feeling sick, extremely fatigued, or faint, or experiencing persistent soreness and pain in your joints after you exercise, then delay your workout
  1. If you halt your exercise program for a long period, be sure to start off at a lower intensity level once you resume exercising. For example, if running, decrease your speed or distance; if strength training, lift lighter weights or do fewer reps and sets.
  1. Wear clothes and shoes that are designed for the type of workout that you are doing. If running, wear running shoes, which tend to be lighter and contains extra cushioning. For strength, agility or aerobic training, a good training shoe would work well.
  1. Cool down properly. Some people forget to do this process, but the cooldown is important to help your body recover and return to its pre-exercise level. The cooldown consists of five to ten minutes of very easy exercise like walking on the treadmill, five to ten minutes of static stretching or refueling with water and a sports drink.
We hope that you find these safety tips helpful. Now let’s go boost your energy!
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