How to Start an Exercise Program while Preventing Injury

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Starting an exercise program is a great way to improve your overall health and well-being. However, it’s important to do so in a way that prevents injury. Here are some tips to help you get started on an exercise program while reducing your risk of injury:

1. Consult a healthcare professional and movement specialist: If you have a prior injury or pain consider seeing a Physiotherapist before starting an exercise program. You should also speak with your doctor about your overall health. We can assess your current fitness level and help you develop a safe and effective exercise plan.

2. Gradually increase intensity: Starting slowly and gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts will help your body adapt and reduce your risk of injury. Avoid jumping into high-intensity workouts right away.

3. Warm-up and cool down: Warming up before exercise and cooling down after exercise can help prevent injury by preparing your body for physical activity and reducing muscle soreness.

4. Proper form and technique: Using proper form and technique is crucial in reducing your risk of injury. Consider a movement analysis to ensure you’re using the correct form and technique for each exercise.

5. Listen to your body: If you experience pain or discomfort during exercise, stop and rest. Ignoring pain can lead to injury and delay your progress.Having a physiotherapist change, progress and tailor your program for you, your sport, or your goals can achieve quicker results and prevent injury.

6. Cross-train: Incorporating various exercises into your workout routine can help reduce your risk of injury and keep your workouts interesting. Cross-training can also help reduce boredom and prevent overuse injuries.

7. Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated is important for overall health and can help prevent injury during exercise. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.

8. Rest and recovery: Allowing your body time to rest and recover is essential for preventing injury. Make sure to include rest days in your workout routine and allow time for muscle soreness to subside before continuing with exercise.

9. Wear proper equipment: Wearing the right shoes and clothing for your specific activity can help prevent injury and keep you comfortable during exercise.

10. Stay motivated: Setting goals and finding an exercise partner or group can help keep you motivated and on track with your exercise program.

By following these tips, you can start an exercise program while reducing your risk of injury and improving your overall health and well-being.

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About Thomas Hein

Thomas Hein is a Physiotherapist, Osteopathic Practitioner and Clinical Director at Physioactive Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Inc., He has extensive post graduate training in manual therapy and works closely with high level athletes and chronic pain and those who want to really know where their pain is coming from, their underlying factors and solutions to live and move optimally. He s commited to patient recovery and optimal performance. Graduating with a Physical Therapy degree from Queen’s University in 1995, Thomas has continuously evolved his expertise through postgraduate education and hands-on experience.

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