8 Ways to Avoid Exercise Injuries

Listen to Your Body

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6. Listen to Your Body

Your body was designed to detect and respond to injury through sensing pain. If you are exercising and you experience a new pain that seems sharp or stabbing, you should stop your activity. This is a sign of body injury and you should attend to what is aching. If you push through this pain, thinking, “no pain no gain,” then you risk developing a chronic condition.

For example: you experience pain in the front of your lower leg when you are running on pavement. This is likely the beginning of a condition known as shin splints. If you continue to run, without proper rest and ice to this injured area, you will likely go on to develop a stress fracture in your tibia. Stress fractures are quite painful and will take about six weeks to heal, provided you allow your body to rest.

So, always pay attention to what your body is telling you.  You were designed to detect pain for a reason.