How to Prevent Exercise Injuries as You Age

by Eva Martinez
(Denver, Colorado, USA)

As a baby boomer, you know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy and enjoying your life. However, you may get injured more easily now than you did when you were younger!.

With that in mind, you may need to take extra care when exercising. Consult with your doctor or a trainer for any tips he or she has about staying safe while you get fit. Here are some other suggestions you can consider.

Wear the right footwear and attire

Whatever activity you’re engaging in, choose the right shoes for it. There are shoes that can give you the right support and protection you need for any activity.

By wearing the right types of footwear, you will have better support and be less likely to get injured. You will probably also perform better during the exercise.

Your clothing is another safety consideration for any exercise you undertake. Be sure it lets you move freely for the exercise you’re about to do. If you’ll be exercising in the heat, look for clothing that breathes and that will keep you cool so you don’t overheat while working out.

Use proper safety equipment

You may need to use safety equipment such as knee pads, a helmet, gloves, protective glasses or a mouth guard to stay safe while you exercise. Find out what is recommended for the activity you’re engaging in. It may take an extra moment to put on the equipment, but it will be worth it when it protects you from getting unnecessarily hurt.

Check your exercise equipment

Before using any exercise equipment, whether a rowing machine in the basement or taking your bicycle for spin around the lake, take a moment to check it and make sure it’s in good working order. All the precautions you take for your own protection might not matter if the equipment is broken. It’s one more simple thing you can do to help ensure your own safety during your exercise time.

Drink plenty of water

Drink lots of water before, during and after your exercise. Bring along a water bottle so you have it close at hand when you need it during your workout. One thing to remember is that as we age, our thirst drive decreases. That means your body could need more water long before you feel thirsty. So, keep that water bottle handle and take regular sips.

Warm up before and cool down after

When you’re doing any exercise routine, be sure to warm up before you start exercising and cool down after your workout. Proper warm up and cool down times will help protect you from injury.

It’s important for anyone engaging in physical activity to take proper safety precautions. When you’re older you may be hurt more easily and not recover as quickly, so it’s even more important. Following the above suggestions will help keep you safe while you exercise!