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Want To Get Fit In The New Year? Watch Out For These Common Injuries

Want To Get Fit In The New Year? Watch Out For These Common Injuries

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With the new year upon us, many of us will be looking to boost our fitness or start a new exercise regime. If it is the latter, then you need to be careful to not put too much strain on yourself. If you are quite new to exercise, then it can be easy to go in all-guns-blazing. You want to lose weight or get fit, right? So you try to do as much as you can in as short a time as possible. But that is the wrong way to go about things. You need to take things steady, or you could end up with a bad injury. Here are some common sports injuries and what you need to do to avoid them and treat them.

Back Problems

Getting a back injury can be common if you are new to exercise. It is most common after starting a new weights programme, and you aren’t sensible with the weights that you choose. So the best way to avoid it is to take your time and be sensible with the weights that you choose. Start small and work your way up. It won’t take long, but it will reduce the chances of an injury. If you find that you do suffer from a back injury, then you need to stop what you are doing immediately. Seek medical advice straight away. You might even need to have Orthopedic surgery for back pain if the pain is the result of a slipped disc, for example.

Ankle Sprain

Getting an ankle sprain is a pretty common injury. But it doesn’t have to be if you can take steps to avoid it. It can be common because it happens when the foot turns inwards. This then tears or stretches the ligaments around the ankle. Keeping up gently exercise is important to help to strengthen those ligaments. Naturally, they are quite weak so building up their strength is important. Stair climbing, walking, running, and step training are all great choices to help your ankles.

Shin Splints

If you want to start a new running plan, then experiencing shin splints might be a common occurrence. It is common for runners as it is a result of running on hard roads, particularly if you are starting quite a strenuous training plan. The pain is in the front part of your legs, hence the name. It isn’t too hard to treat and doesn’t last too long. You can still exercise, just doing lower impact workouts. So something like cycling or swimming would be good choices. You can also treat the pain with over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen. Anti-inflammatory ones are the best option so that there is less pain in your legs.

Good luck with any new year’s resolutions that you have. Just make sure that if they are realistic goals so that you don’t do too much too soon and get injured. If that happens, then you’ll lose motivation and be back right where you started.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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