Safeguard Your Joints

Even though moderate exercise is good for your body, it can cause stress on your joints if not executed correctly. However, there are many ways in which you can avoid injuring your joints. If you are interested in ways to protect joints during exercise, consider the following list of suggestions.

  1. Create an exercise regimen that builds gradually. Doing so will allow your body to reach its peak slowly. If you don't allow this progression, your joints will be forced to bear the brunt of a strenuous workout without warning your body first. This will cause stress on your joints.
  2. Opt for exercises with low impact. This is especially necessary if you are new to working out or you currently have injured joints. Activities such as cycling and swimming are low impact, but still very effective in providing full body workouts.
  3. Always warm your body up before beginning your exercise regimen. Start with simple stretches and dynamic moves, like neck circles, shoulder rolls in both directions, knee bends and knee circles. Warm ups prepare your body for the body movements that it does not perform on a regular basis.
  4. Ensure that you wear the correct footwear when exercising to avoid joint injury. For example, wear running shoes when running or jogging or basketball shoes when playing basketball. The correct shoes cushion the necessary joints for the sport you are playing or the exercise you are performing.
  5. Never push your body to exercise when your joints are sore. Exercising with painful joints will only cause or further injury. If your body hurts, listen to it. Rest the painful joint, and if the pain persists, consult your doctor.
  6. Refrain from exercising on a hard surface. Doing so will put pressure on your joints and cause them stress. Opt to work out on softer surfaces, such as carpeting, wooden flooring and rugs. You can also invest in exercise mats or even exercise outside on a grass area.
  7. Learn how to land lightly on your feet. A light landing helps absorb the force of the impact. You can do this by bending your knees as you land, which creates a soft spring landing. Hard landings will cause joint stress and can lead to injury.
  8. Make sure that you are using the correct technique when executing your exercise moves. Correct form when exercising usually means maintaining positioning that aligns the joints properly. Bad techniques can twist joints or create friction that is damaging.
  9. Remember to always cool your body down at the end of a workout. Allow your exercises to become less strenuous at the end of your regimen. Then finish with stretching. If you end your workout with a cool down period, your body will be given the opportunity to phase into relaxation mode.


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