Everyone has the best intentions in mind when they decide to start exercising more regularly. You might take up running or walking every morning, or you might decide to join a gym to lift weights or try a few fitness classes on for size.
Either way, an injury is the last thing on your mind when you decide to take the fitness plunge. However, a muscle strain or injury can crop up if your lifting technique is sloppy or if you tend to push your body a little too hard. Here are seven ways exercise can lead to injury…
1. No Pain, No Gain Attitude
Sure, you are bound to experience stiff muscles after a workout, especially if you are new to exercise or haven’t exerted yourself in a long time. New York-based orthopedic and sports physical therapist, Dr. William Siegel, warns that pushing yourself during a workout doesn’t mean you should push through physical pain.
If you feel pain, your body is warning you to take a break or stop what you’re doing. For instance, fatigued muscles are one thing, but shooting pain and discomfort in your knee or lower back should be taken as a warning to cease the activity.