Molly McNamee | 3 Common Injuries & How To Prevent Them
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3 Common Injuries & How To Prevent Them

You started exercising regularly and walking more everyday, that’s awesome! Now you hurt yourself… that’s not so great.

This is a story I have both lived and heard many times. Below I am going to talk about three very common injuries that new and experienced exercisers encounter often. Today we are going to talk about how to prevent these injuries, so you can keep moving without pain!

Plantar Fasciitis

If you have ever suffered from Plantar Fasciitis, you know it is not fun. This injury comes with a sharp pulling pain usually felt in the heel of the foot. The pain can range anywhere from dull and annoying to severe and debilitating. To prevent this from happening to you, make sure you wear supportive shoes! Shoes with high arches are a big no-no. If you stand or walk a lot, look for high-mileage shoe. Once you have the right shoes, stretch your calf muscles every day. These calf stretches should help keep Plantar Fasciitis at bay. You may also consider investing in a lacrosse ball or foot stretching tools like the ones found in the MFit Amazon store. If Plantar Fasciitis gets the best of you, find alternative ways to do cardio like cycling, swimming or weight training.

Lower Back Strain

Aching and pain in the lower back can really ruin a day. Sitting too much and spending too much time on technology will usually result in poor posture and tight hips. Together, those two are a recipe for disaster when it comes to lower back health. To prevent lower back injury, make sure you stretch your hips and hamstrings daily. Also, spend a significant amount of time each week working on core strength. These MFit workouts will help you get a stronger core. A stronger core means a safer spine!

Runner’s Knee

Have you ever experienced an aching or pain around the kneecap? If the front, back, or sides of your knee are causing you trouble… you are likely experiencing runners knee, or formally known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. You do not have to be a runner to suffer from runner’s knee. An imbalance in the lower body muscles causes pain in the kneecap. Weakness in the butt muscles and tightness in the quadriceps and calves kill the knees. Make sure you strength train your glute and hamstring muscles a couple times a week and use a foam roller on your quads and calves everyday to prevent knee pain. If you get hit with runner’s knee, switch to low impact exercise like swimming or elliptical while continuing to work on muscular balance.