Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

Aches, Pains and Injury Prevention - Are You Over-training?

Fact—Injuries can happen. Aches, muscle fatigue and soreness are part of life for active people and those involved in athletic endeavors. There is a difference between the ache from overuse and the pain of an acute injury. Aches come and go, however, if left untreated they can become an injury. Learn how to decipher between an ache and an injury. Step 1: Identify the problem and then, treat it.
 

Body Composition Tip 7 - Drink Plenty of Water

There is no other contribution we make to our bodies on a daily basis that is more important to our health than drinking plenty of water. At nearly 70 percent, our bodies are mostly made up of water, and our blood is about 90 percent water. We can go a few weeks without food, but we can only survive a few days without water. The average person loses two to three liters of water every day, through sweat, urine, respiration, and cellular function.  And yet, so many people go through their days dehydrated.

Get More Out of Your Workouts Using Environmental Integration

One of the great benefits of exercising outside is the experience of connecting to the natural world around you. This process of connecting mentally and physically to nature is what I call Environmental Integration. Awareness of your environment keeps you safe on the trail; it also promotes a feeling of “oneness” with the natural world around you. Nature becomes both a guide and a companion.
 

Proprioception - The Ultimate in Injury Prevention

Think about your hands. They’re remarkable, aren’t they? Think about all that you do with your hands in a single hour of a single day. Your hands react instinctively, with great precision, to hundreds of tasks and actions in the span of a single hour.  Your proprioceptive awareness is best demonstrated in your hands.
 
Proprioceptive awareness is a close cousin to kinesthetic awareness. Here’s how they are related:

Flexibility - The Four Basic Stretches

While technically you don’t have to stretch during your warm up session, we usually recommend that after your cardio warm up, you include the “Four Basics”—Hip Flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. If lunges are part of your workout, include the adductor or inner thighs as your fifth stretch.
 

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