If you are one of the many people using virtual exercise classes to stay fit during the winter, it’s important to focus on injury prevention to avoid the risk of a possible strain, sprain, or inflammatory condition.
“Whether you are exercising using an app or live streaming a yoga class from your favorite studio, injury prevention is more important than ever,” explained Dr. Brian Capogna, fellowship trained OAM Sports Medicine Specialist. “You don’t want to end up with tendinitis or other orthopedic problems.”
Create A Space To Exercise
When exercising inside the house, make sure there is enough clear space to do the activity without banging into a coffee table or tripping on a loose area rug.
Find The Right Programs
Before starting an at-home routine, Dr. Capogna recommends finding programs that emphasize correct body positioning throughout each individual exercise. That guidance can help reduce the risk of developing inflammation in a joint, muscle or tendon from doing an exercise incorrectly.
Listen To Your Body
Dr. Capogna advises people to exercise in moderation and listen to their bodies, particularly if they are doing something new. “Now is not the time to push yourself. If you feel any pain while doing an exercise, stop doing it.”
Dr. Capogna also noted that while it’s important to find ways to stay healthy and fit, people should be equally focused on injury prevention.