10 December 2010

Couch potato injuries

You want to get fit, but launching yourself straight into a tough exercise programme is going to end in one of two ways - injury or giving up. Hear what the experts have to say.

The sudden desire to lose a belly and gain a six-pack, challenges over a few beers as to who can run the fastest up a mountainside, or New Year resolutions to run the first marathon that comes across your path - we’re coming into silly-injury season. Without proper guidance or planning, or even thought or common sense, it can all end in a welter of physio and Ibuprofen. 

But for those who didn't keep active through winter, there are two ways to approach all this great summer activity – the correct way and the injuries way. In the interests of Health24’s readers’ happy holidays, we spoke to two of our experts to find out the difference.

  • neck pain
  • lower back pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • ankle sprains 

  • Start slowly, warm up
  • Use the right technique for the exercise.Correct posture, together with good technique, always provides a solid foundation for any exercise programme.
  • Stop when you are exhausted or experience pain
  • Use the right equipment
  • Use the right clothing for the exercise
  • If you have a weak area like a previous knee injury – wear support
  • Wear protective gear if needed 


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