11 months ago (2017-11-09 21:59:22)

How​ ​to​ ​Deal​ ​With​ ​Injuries​ ​While​ ​Exercising

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Exercise is fun for some people and a chore for others. But you don’t have to love it to know that
it comes with a lot of health benefits. It can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It can
make you less likely to develop diabetes. If you pair it with a healthy diet, it can also lead to
weight loss. And one of the best benefits of all is to your mind, since exercise can help you feel
better when you’re sad and improve your mood overall.

But like almost any physical activity, exercise comes with risks. The physical risks aren’t big
enough for you to stop exercising, but if you’re hurt, you may need to modify your workout or
pause it entirely.

When​ ​runners​ ​are​ ​injured

Running is one of the cheapest and easiest forms of exercise to take up. All you need is some
workout clothes and some halfway decent running shoes. You don’t have to scan a key fob to
start jogging; you just go outside and propel your legs forward. A person can jog in the pouring
rain or in the middle of a snowstorm. That said, there’s a reason there’s a particular painful
condition known as “runner’s knee.” Around 4 in 10 injuries that occur as a result of running are
knee-related. It makes sense, because runners are literally out there pounding the pavement
multiple times a week. The lower body is almost inevitably going to take a hit. Tendonitis and
shin splints are other common ailments that strike runners. The biggest thing you can do is
listen to your body. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” looks nice on a T-shirt, but it’s not the
best philosophy for exercising. If something feels off, then stop doing it. It’s a good idea to visit
sites like All About Knees if, for instance, your knee is swollen and you aren’t sure why, but
even the best websites in the world can’t take the place of a visit to the doctor when you’re in
pain. Don’t try to walk it off (or in this case, run it off).

Bicycle​ ​crashes

Most of us remember the thrill of pedaling really fast on our ten-speed and coasting downhill as
a child. Bicycles are a lot of fun because you can go faster than you can on your own two feet.
Unfortunately, those faster speeds also lead to more injuries. If you’re running and collide with
another runner, that stinks, but unless you’re an elite track star, you probably weren’t going all
that fast. When two people on bicycles collide, it can quickly become a mess of limbs and
spokes and rubber. You should wear a helmet whenever you’re on a moving bicycle (for
obvious reasons, they’re not necessary if you’re riding a stationary bike at the gym). If you’re
thrown from a bicycle, it’s not going to be fun, but you really don’t want your unguarded head
colliding with the asphalt.

If you’re injured, seek medical care as soon as possible. Things like sprains and scratches can
be taken care of at an urgent care clinic, but things like head injuries should be attended to at a
hospital. You only get one brain; there’s no sense neglecting it.
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