How to Avoid Muscle Injuries

To incorporate a good warm-up and cool-down into your workout sessions is very important in order to decrease the possibility of muscle injuries. A proper warm-up should be 5-10 minutes and include mild cardiovascular exercises that help you reach 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. This helps increase blood flow and temperature to your muscles allowing them to improve their function. A proper cool-down should also be 5-10 minutes of mild, slow exercises and should include stretching. This will help your flexibility while cooling down your muscles.[1]

Most people do a warm-up, but not necessarily a cool-down. Don’t skip these few minutes! They will help reduce the risk of muscle or tendon injuries.

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