You may think that it’s weird to suggest that exercise could be bad for your health. But if you do, you probably don’t know all the facts. We can look at running as an example here. Running has been said to be one of the best ways to lose weight. If you want to shed the pounds, vigorous running is a great answer. The best advice is to run at least once a day. While this is true, running has also been linked to the development of arthritis in later life. When you run, you’re pushing your joints together and causing a lot of stress as well as tension. In later years, this becomes dangerous and can cause long lasting damage. But the effects can begin to develop as early as your twenties. This can be prevented by ensuring that you’re wearing shoes to support your feet and legs. As long as you are using the right accessories, you should have no problems. Let’s look at some of the other ways to make sure exercise doesn’t end up damaging your health.
Pushing Too Far
“No pain no gain” is a phrase you will commonly hear when you head to the gym or speak to a trainer. But the truth is that exercising shouldn’t be causing you pain. If it doesn’t that isn’t a sign that your muscles are growing. It’s a sign that they are almost definitely straining. When this occurs you might find you wake up the next morning with a severe injury. It could be anything from a slight ache to a torn ligament. This is why you should never try to do more than you should be able to.
Stretching, Warming Up And Down
There are two reasons for stretching and warming up before exercise. The first is that stretching will help you do more than you previously could. Stretching before lifting weights, for example, can help you push further than before. But in this case, you won’t find that you cause damage to yourself because you will be prepared for the effort. Something as simple as lifting bars without weights on could provide the warm up that you need.
Similarly, you do need to warm down after you finish exercising. If you don’t do this, you will likely find that you again, wake up in pain the next day.
If you do find yourself injured after exercising, you should contact a physical therapist. They will be able to help ensure that the injury does not cause any permanent damage. They will even be able to make sure that your recoveryc time is shorter than it should be.
Eating And Drinking
One of the most dangerous things that you can do when exercising is to eat less than you should. Or, not stay hydrated. This commonly occurs when someone is trying to lose weight. What they don’t realise is that their body needs food to fuel the exercise. Without the food, they could experience high levels of exhaustion. At that point exercise could be incredibly hazardous to a person’s health.