Sport and your health

Sport and your health

Most of us are well aware of the benefits regular exercise offers, including improved heart health and lung function, maintaining a healthy weight, improved mental health and sleep. Unfortunately, a common trap that many people fall into is launching into an exercise program without the right preparation and planning, suffering an injury as a consequence. This often happens during Spring when we have emerged from a dark, cold Winter of relative inactivity and feel motivated and energised by the return of sunshine and warmer weather.

So how can we ensure that we get out and make the most of this great time of year whilst minimising our risk of injury? Below are some tips to get you on the right track.

Preparation is key

It is recommended for anyone starting a new exercise regime to consult their GP prior to starting, to make sure there are no medical issues that may affect your exercise program.

It is important to have an awareness of your own level of physical fitness and set your goals accordingly. Be realistic and don’t make it too hard for yourself and start off slowly, building the duration and intensity of your exercise sessions as you progress. If you go too hard too early, you put yourself at a higher risk of injury, which can zap that precious motivation.

Plan your exercise

Think about the type of exercise that is going to best suit you. For instance, if you have problems with arthritis, then hydrotherapy sessions or swimming in a warm pool may be best for you.

Nutrition

Making sure you are eating a variety of healthy food is always important but even more so as we partake in physical activity. Having regular nutritious meals will also ensure you have the energy to get the most out of your exercise sessions. Drinking enough fluid (approximately 2 litres per day) is also essential.

If you do suffer a setback in the form of injury, it’s important you don’t allow it to discourage you from persisting with your activity. Speaking with your physiotherapist will give you further information about strengthening exercises that may address the sources of recurring problems and tailor a program to suit your needs

Always remember, the friendly team at National Pharmacies is always here for you with advice and products that will help you get on and stay on, the path to better health!

Author

Brad Price, Pharmacist In Charge, National Pharmacies Glenunga

Disclaimer

The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and should be used as a guide only. This information does not replace or substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before any action is taken based on the content of this webpage.