Aches, pains and pulls – who’s feeling it? Learn how to prevent further injury down the road.
There are many things you need to monitor closely when working out. Things like posture, pace, form and heart rate. One of the most important things to keep an eye on is the ques your body is giving you. Why? Well, your body doesn’t have the ability to verbally tell you when it feels that something isn’t going quite right. So it tells you the only ways it knows how. What ways are those? They are aches, pains and pulls.
When you are working out, you may try to overlook any discomfort you may be feeling. You just shake it off and try to continue. However, you could be potentially causing yourself an extreme amount of internal damage to your joints, muscles, bones or ligaments. Read below to learn more about these common aches and pains you may have experienced a time or two…
Knee pain is one of the most commonly experienced in the aches and pains category; especially for active people. Knee pain shouldn’t be brushed off or overlooked! Your knees are trying to tell you something. If you have significant knee pain when you run, you might want to check into buying some different shoes. The solution could be as simple as that. While this is one of the most common solutions for knee pain, many people don’t catch it quickly enough and cause a significant amount of damage to their knees. In reality, that damage could have been prevented early on by listening to your body.
This particular pain is more common in people over 40, people that have been very active in their youth, and people that have a significant amount of weight on their bodies. Hip pain can be caused by landing wrong on your feet when jumping, shifting your weight wrong when you run or it can be caused by using too much weight on the machines. Try tweaking those particular things to see if it gives your hips some relief!
This is one of the less frequent pains that gym goers experience, but it is still a pretty common one. Neck pain can be caused by having your head in the wrong position, baring too much weight or keeping your neck tense and tight during routine workout movements. Remember that anytime you are doing core work, you want to keep your spine in a neutral position with your head to follow. For example, if you are doing a plank, you don’t want to keep your head looking forward; you would want it to be looking down at the floor. Try adjusting your position and relaxing your neck muscles the next time you are working out.
LOWER BACK ACHES
Next to knee pain, lower back pain is one of the most fought through aches of the body. The more overweight you are, the more your back is having to fight to support you. That is a lot of tension that to deal with on a day to day basis. Losing the unnecessary weight is one of the biggest solutions to ridding people of back pain. In terms of pain caused by exercise though, make sure that you aren’t having too much weight baring down on your shoulders or that you aren’t sending a shocking impact through your body when you land from jumping or plant your feet when running. Stay light on the balls of your feet and concentrate on how you are transferring your body weight.
Did any of these common ailments trigger anything in your brain? Maybe something reminded you that you probably aren’t doing some of your exercises properly and that you could have been avoiding pain all along! Take the time to listen to your body. It is talking to you for a reason and you are the only one who can adjust the issue!