On Exercise: Injuries
June 25, 2013
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I have been getting injured while working out a lot lately and finally figured out why. It is crucial for one to either refrain from heavy exercise or interrupted routines. This, of course, might seem a little off to you.
Generally speaking, when you keep a regular exercise schedule your body reaches a point where it is used to the strain. Your muscles become tensed and your metabolism boosts to account for the damage caused by exercising. Additionally, you sleep soundly. When this schedule is interrupted for a long enough period of time, your body relaxes, but not your perception of how much it can handle. I have been easing off for a while now, not following any particular routine or exercising as diligently as I used to, yet I maintained the same level of effort during my sessions. This, in turn, caused me to frequently get injured because my body did not get a chance to slowly return to its formal capabilities. Basically, there is no balance between eat, rest, sleep and training.
There are two ways these unfortunate and uncalled for injuries can be avoided, based on testing various methods of coping. The first is to keep a regular strict schedule and refrain from sudden increments in your routine. Meaning that you would not jump from squatting 100 lbs to squatting 150 lbs in a few days. The second is to increase your warm-up and stretching time to make sure your body is fully prepared for rigorous exercise. During your warm up, however, you should be patient and avoid exhausting yourself prematurely. The purpose here is not to train, but to prepare for training, both mind and body.
Injuries can be annoying and prevent you from exercising regularly or negatively impact your personal life. Fortunately they can be avoided with a little care and discipline.