Many of us are practicing social distancing by staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, it’s vital to keep up as many healthy habits as we can. While it might be tempting just to crash on the couch and eat our favorite snacks, the best thing you can do for your body and mental health is to continue to exercise.
A great option to keep it up is to start working out from home. The good news is that there are countless resources available for you to do your favorite exercises from the comfort of your house, whether that involves dancing or yoga. But, because of this, injuries are more prone to happen when you don’t have a professional right next to you guiding you through your exercises.
To help the situation, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers are providing our best tips and tricks on how to protect your body while working out at home.
First things first, make sure you’re working out in the correct order. It’s never a good idea for your body to just go right into a run or right into a dance routine. Always stretch before you start a workout and also plan to have a cool down following.
When you give your muscles this attention, the chance to warm up, and warning that it’s time to rest, you not only prevent injuries but you also build strength in a healthy manner.
The good news is that there are thousands of online resources available to let you work out from home with zero equipment needed. However, if you want to do more complicated routines like lifting weights or yoga, there may be some equipment you need.
Before you jump into a new exercise, do some research beforehand. See if there is equipment you need to do things properly, like a yoga mat to support your joints or tennis shoes so you avoid injuries to your feet while dancing.
And, if you need equipment, don’t fret. Amazon and other online resources are still providing access to these items.
Whether you’re starting a workout routine you found online or plan to use a guided video, always pay close attention to your form. If you’re following a guide, read the instructions carefully. If you are doing a video, listen to your instructor. Doing so will inform you about the proper form for each exercise so you don’t accidentally overextend or end up hurting yourself.
For example, when you do lunges, make sure that your knee doesn’t go past your toes. Or if you’re jumping around, plan to land softly on your feet. These small decisions do wonders in preventing harm to your body and muscles.
For many people, it might be tempting to work out all day every day. But, it’s vital to remember that rest is just as important as movement. When you give your muscles and body a day off to relax and recuperate, you’re allowing them the chance to grow stronger and be ready for the next event you put them through.
That rest time is essential in preventing injuries, as you won’t be pushing your muscles to go too hard or too fast.
If you have any more questions about how to protect your body while working out at home, Alliance Spine and Pain is here to help. Reach out to any of our pain-alleviating specialists by clicking here or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.