With the arrival of summer and nice weather, more and more of us will be getting out and being more active. 2020 has so far been a trying year for many people, with COVID-19 interrupting people’s normal routines and greatly effecting physical fitness levels.
Now, with a surge in people getting back to their chosen activities, it is inevitable that injuries will occur. Injuries though, can be prevented. Here are some simple tips to keeping you pain free and out enjoying the things you love to do.
- Warm Up. This sounds almost too easy of a tip to mention, but for many of us, time is of the essence. With work, family and life, tasks taking up more and more time, we often only get a small window to be active. Still, warming up is key. Take the time to do some simple stretches, get moving and gradually increase your intensity level before going all out in your activity.
- Again, you’re reading this and thinking, really? Really! Most of the population doesn’t drink enough water during the day as it is, but bringing something to drink is a commonly overlooked part of any activity. Whether you are lifting weights, going for a walk, a run or a hike, bring water. This is even more important now, as many public water stations will be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Proper footwear. This is a big one for us in the pedorthic community. Proper and appropriate footwear is key to injury prevention no matter your activity is. Would you wear flip-flops to play ice-hockey? Sounds silly doesn’t it? Well, take that example and apply it to any other activity. You wouldn’t wear soccer cleats to go golfing or roller blades to go biking. Choosing the appropriate shoes for the appropriate activity is key and while there is an expense to buying shoes, if it is an activity you plan on pursuing, it’s worthwhile to invest in it.
- Be prepared. This one is the biggest aspect that is often overlooked. If you are planning on doing a 5K run, make sure you work up to that distance. If you are going for a hike, know the route and make sure you have water, proper shoes and you can do the hike. By being prepared for your chosen activity you will greatly reduce the chances of suffering an injury doing something you love.
So, there you have it. Four quick tips to help you stay injury free. If you have any questions on any of the tips, definitely make an appointment with your local pedorthist and we’d be happy to guide you!
By Steve Stred, C. Ped (C)