If you are one of the many people using virtual exercise classes to stay fit while confined at home this winter, you may be putting yourself at risk for a strain, sprain, or inflammatory condition. That is the message from OAM fellowship trained Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Brian Capogna.
“Whether you are exercising using an app or live streaming a yoga class from your favorite studio, injury prevention is more important than ever,” warned Dr. Capogna, “You don’t want to end up with tendinitis or other orthopedic problems.”
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Dr. Capogna, noted that in times of stress, people should 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.”
Before starting an at-home routine, Dr. Capogna advised 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. 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.
Dr. Capogna noted that while it’s important to find ways to stay healthy and fit, people should be equally focused on injury prevention. “A hospital emergency room is the last place you want to be right now,” he said.