With the night’s drawing in and the temperature taking a sharp decline, all the signs are that the dreaded North East winter is fast approaching. With the imminent arrival of ice on roads and pavements, this means that people who go for runs on a regular basis, or those who like to cycle will find themselves at a more obvious risk of injury. To stay in good health and avoid accidents during the winter months, we’ve put together a few tips for staying injury free.
Get Good Footwear
One way in which you can maintain good health and avoid injury is to invest in a good pair of shoes for exercising in. Not all footwear has a suitable grip for exercise in wet and icy conditions, and you may soon come to regret it if you do not have the right footwear for the occasion. You can accomplish this by making sure that the footwear which you do have is suitably durable, waterproof and also has a good grip to prevent slips and trips in icy conditions.
Warm Up Before You Exercise
When it comes to you and your exercising, there’s no substitution for warming up beforehand. If you do not warm up before you exercise, you’ll find that such things as sprains and injuries are all too common. You should always do a five to ten-minute warming up session before you exercise to make sure that injuries are not caused by pulling or spraining muscles.
If you have an existing pain or ache, then trying to exercise in the winter can be difficult. Therefore, a physio session could be precisely what you need. At Achilles Physio we’re able to help you keep your body in peak condition over the winter months, offering sensible advice and showing you how to tailor your exercise routine for the long, dark days and nights. A trip to a physiotherapist is a great way of managing and eliminating existing aches and pains, but also preventing new ones.
Rest Up Between Exercising
One of the most important things that you can do for your body when it comes to exercise is to get the correct amount of rest in between sessions. There will be even more pressure on the joints and muscles due to poor weather conditions, so making sure you give them time to rest and heal is important for making sure your body stays in prime condition.
Overall, these are just a few tips for staying injury-free when you’re exercising in the winter. We all want to exercise and feel good; it’s a natural impulse to keep fit and healthy. However, without taking the right precautions when exercising, you increase the chances of suffering an injury. By warming up properly, using the correct footwear and generally respecting your body, you’ll be a lot safer during the winter months.