Monday, January 06, 2014

Take it slow if you're a slug

You may have already done this. You get up around the first of Jan and lace up the new running shoes and race off.

Or you walk up to the weights and jerk one off the stand.

Ye-ow!

There are half a million workout-related injuries a year. You don't want to be one of them.

Joshua Harris, MD, an orthopod with Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, says start slowly.

We have all heard this and we have all not done it.

Wrist sprains for improper lifting. Ever had that? Keep your wrists straight--don't let them fall back. Start with lighter weight and more reps. And maybe stick with that everyday.

Work with a trainer a few times--get the muscle memory of doing it right.

Mix up your workouts--not all one exercise.

This sounds so familiar. Oh, that's right--I write it a lot. Well, listen. It will hurt less.

And--you may stick with it.

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