You might wonder why you would need to keep your body fit if you’re already training? Well, just because you’re training, whether that be doing intense cardio or lifting weights, it doesn’t mean that you’re looking after your body. What it means is that you’re taking the time to keep your body fit, but the strain you put on it could be having the opposite effect. Some people put so much effort into training without thinking of the impact it’s having on their bodies. It’s one of the reasons why there are so many sports and fitness related injuries that can happen. One wrong move when lifting a heavy weight and you could damage a part of your body and it never heals properly. So, we’re going to try and show you some of the ways that you can keep your body fit whilst keeping fit. Keep on reading to find out more.
Stretching & Recovery Treatments
Stretching is one of the first things you should be doing before you exercise. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going for a run or lifting weights, your muscles need to be ready to move and they need to be loose. You’re instantly improving your chances of not getting an injury. You should also make sure you’re stretching after a workout. Stretching afterwards reduces the chances of muscle aches and pains, and injury afterwards. You could also think about therapeutic treatments that help with sports and training related injuries, such as going to see a chiropractor. They can manipulate the muscles and different areas of your body to improve blood flow, positioning, and many more. Simply having sports massage a few times a month if you’re training hard can make all the difference. Sports massage works to correct injuries, as well as improve mobility and range.
Fueling Your Body
It’s so important that you fuel your body with all the different things it needs to function properly. One that’s often neglected by many people training is hydration. Your organs and muscles need hydration in order to function properly and to give you the energy you need to complete a workout. Being dehydrated also makes it so much easier for you to get injured, whether it be a torn muscle or worse. As long as you’re sticking to a generally clean and healthy diet, you don’t need to focus on nutrition too much unless you’re getting into strict training where you want to see big changes.
Don’t Push It
Finally, make sure you’re keeping your training at a level that you can sustain. You don’t want to keep pushing your body beyond its limits, battling fatigue and injuries all the while. Training should be built up over time and not rushed, always allowing for rest days along the way. Your body will tell you if you’re pushing it too far, and you should always listen. Look out for intense aches and pains, strenuous injuries, and a complete lack of motivation. Training burnouts happen so quickly and easily!