Fitness Enthusiast

Exercise is important to keep your body fit and healthy, but ironically, working out can cause body injuries. “No pain, no gain,” as they say. However, you don’t have to push your body to the point of injury to achieve the results you want. It’s counterproductive, and you’re subjecting yourself to unnecessary suffering. Avoiding injuries while exercising should be part of your self-care routine.

If you can invest in a gym membership, fitness classes, and supplements to boost your body, then you can also spend money on products that can save you from injuries during fitness activities. To help you get started, check out this basic checklist of workout safety essentials for every fitness enthusiast.

Proper Exercise Attire

There’s a dress code for every occasion, and exercising is no exception. Whether you’re going to the gym, hiking, or playing sports, it’s important to wear the proper attire for the type of fitness activity you’re doing.

For one thing, clothes made for physical activities employ technologies that give you more mobility, keep you from overheating, and protect you from extreme temperatures and injuries. Sportswear can also withstand more wear and tear than ordinary clothes because it’s especially made from durable, flexible materials.

The proper sportswear would also depend on whether you’re staying indoors or outdoors. If you’re only going to the gym, you don’t need clothing that protects you from the sun and other natural elements. Going outdoors is a different story. You must wear apparel that shields against harmful UV rays, insect bites, heat, humidity, and freezing temperatures.

Suitable Shoes

The feet are two of the most abused body parts when doing demanding physical activities. They’re also the most likely to be injured during accidents or when pushing yourself too far. You can minimize the chances of getting workout injuries by wearing suitable shoes.

If you’re running or jogging outdoors on uneven grounds, you need the perfect pair of running shoes that have excellent shock absorption as well as lightweight support and cushioning to minimize the impact on the bones and muscles.

Hiking outdoors on slippery slopes and rough paths also requires a different pair of shoes, one that has exceptional traction, lightweight yet durable make and materials, and waterproof technology.

By wearing the right pair of shoes, you’re not only protecting your feet but also preventing injuries from certain accidents, like slipping on moss-covered stones or stepping on sharp rocks.

Compression Socks

Compression socks are designed to improve the blood flow in your lower extremities. People who suffer from certain conditions that affect their circulation wear these to apply pressure on their leg, alleviate pain and swelling, and control symptoms of their illness.

However, compression socks can also be used by people who don’t have these ailments. Sports players and fitness enthusiast use them, too, to achieve comfort while engaging in strenuous fitness activities, lessen the impact of these activities on their lower limbs, or be in top form while playing sports.

Resistance Bands

Everyone knows that you need to stretch the muscles before working out or playing sports. Resistance bands provide a great way to warm your muscles before getting into your exercise routine. These bands are also used in physical therapy to help gradually build up strength in the muscles of patients who’ve suffered muscular injuries.

Resistance bands can also replace some of your bulky and dangerous workout equipment. The flexible band is perfect for strength training. Using the band, you can add more resistance to your usual exercise routine and strengthen your muscles.

Compression Sleeves

Popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts, compression sleeves are worn around the wrist, elbow, knee, leg, and arm to provide support, help the circulation, protect the skin, and aid in muscle recovery.

Bad circulation affects performance and causes swelling and inflammation. The consistent pressure provided by compression sleeves causes the arteries to dilate, boosting the blood flow. It also helps reduce muscle fatigue by stabilizing the muscles and lessening muscular vibration during strenuous fitness activities.

Elastic Sports Tape

Elastic sports tapes, also known as kinesiology tapes, are used to alleviate pressure on the tissues and reduce pain or discomfort. They’re made from cotton fibers with elastic cores that have a latex-free, hypoallergenic adhesive that can withstand sweat, humidity, and water, and can adhere to your skin for days.

Using therapeutic kinesiology tapes is believed to lessen inflammation and swelling caused by buildup of lymphatic fluid, which occurs when your body is injured by impact or overuse. Sticking a k-tape around the area decompresses layers of fascia, letting lymphatic fluid flow better and transport white blood cells to treat the inflammation and flush out waste products and other toxins.

Antichafe Balm

Chafing occurs when your skin rubs against skin or clothes repeatedly during exercise. It can be very uncomfortable and painful. Your skin will feel raw and tender and may even bleed. It typically occurs in the crotch area, inner thighs, armpits, and under the breast, where there’s a lot of friction from skin rubbing against skin.

Reduce chafing by applying an antichafe balm on commonly chafed areas before you dress. The balm lubricates the skin and lessens the friction when it rubs against something repetitively. Wearing proper and snug workout clothes, staying hydrated, and using absorbent body powder also helps guard against chafing.

Staying Fit and Healthy

Staying fit and healthy is more than just about getting regular exercise, toning muscles, and increasing strength. It’s also about taking care not to unnecessarily strain your body and avoiding injuries. Even the smallest damage can accumulate and cause your body to be less efficient, less fit, and at worst, break down. Be mindful of your health and treat yourself better. No one else can do it as well as you yourself.

Author's Bio: 

Kathy Mitchell is a writer and avid researcher on the subject of beauty, nutrition and general wellness. She likes to go out with her friends, travel, swim and practice yoga.