Adding physical activity to your routine has many benefits, but is injury-or the fear of injury holding you back? Use these tips from The American Heart Association to prevent injury during your workouts, but as always when beginning a new exercise routine, talk with your doctor.
Start low and go slow with supportive, well-fitting, cushioned athletic shoes. Increase your walking time or distance by 10 to 20 percent each week. Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles to avoid the wear and tear that can contribute to injuries.
Avoid blisters by wearing the correct socks. Studies have shown that synthetic fiber socks decrease blisters compared to cotton socks.
Prevent shin splints by wearing athletic shoes with adequate support and cushioning and gradually increasing your walking mileage and pace. Be sure and stretch your calves (both straight and bent knee) after walking.
If you experience knee pain when you exercise, talk to your doctor. You may need a new pair of walking shoes with better support or cushioning. You may also benefit from strengthening and/or stretching exercises targeting the muscles that support the knee and hip
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By: Ashley Svaty