Design a Smart Exercise Program to Avoid Sports Injuries

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. If you're thinking of getting back into the fitness swing, you may want to take a few precautions before you begin. First, don't be a weekend warrior. Packing a week's worth of activity into a day or two, try to maintain a moderate level of activity through out the week, learn to do your sports right.

Using proper form reduces your risk of over use injuries such as tendinitis and stress fractures. Remember safety gears. Depending on the sport, this may mean knee, wrist pads or a helmet. It would be a shame to just get started in a routine and then have to stop for a sprained ankle. Increase your exercise level gradually.

Strive for a total body workout of cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility and balance exercises. Engage in cross-training. Mixing up activities like running, swimming, cycling and rowing, reduces your risk of injury while promoting total fitness. Cross-training also keeps you motivated.

So get out and get active, but be smart before you start. Get more great health and fitness tips, right here.