We’ve all had some type of bodily injury before. Some are minor, but others result in extreme pain and discomfort can paralyze a person and compel him to stay in bed all the time. If that occurs, what happens to your workout goals? How do you through your trainings if you have injuries?
Though we cannot deny the possibilities of getting injured in strenuous activities, we can always take certain precautions to avoid them as much as possible. Avoiding injuries requires discipline and diligent, but it is worth it to maintain your health and wellbeing along the way.
So, how do you avoid injuries during your Crossfit training? Here are some tips:
- Always warm up first. Condition your body for hard work and start with a gradual warm-up so your body will not get overwhelmed and your muscles will not strain. Warm up exercises are key to a proper training session.
- Consume anti-inflammatory foods. Fortunately, you can help avoid physical injuries by eating the right types of food. Anti-inflammatory foods reduce the risk of bodily injuries because they do not inflame your body tissues and can help with a faster recovery should an injury occur.
- Keep moving. You can’t just exercise at the gym and then slack off at home until the next training. Move your body. Walk around. Do some bending, stretching and squatting when you’re not in your formal trainings. Moving can help your body become more flexible and, therefore, more resistant to injuries.
- Allow yourself to rest. Your body needs rest in order to recuperate and reenergize. You will see a huge difference when you are properly rested versus not.
- Follow instructions. One of the main reasons many people get injured during their training is because they fail to follow the instructions of their trainers. Not doing what they tell you to do in each exercise increases the risk of physical injury. They are called trainers for a reason…they know how to help you.
- Be patient. Do not overdo an exercise just because you want faster results. Outcomes take time, and being patient and taking things at their proper pace will actually make your goals easier to achieve.
- Know your body’s limitations. Never overextend your body or overdo an intense training beyond your body’s capacity. You may see others doing things “better” than you, but do not view your trainings as a competition. Everyone’s body is different, and people are at different levels in terms of experience, so you must work with your body at its own pace.