Take care of your mus­cles

The Covington News - - HEALTH -

By en­gag­ing in a work­out rou­tine, you’ve al­ready proven that you care for your body. But do you have a care plan for are some ways to keep those hard work­ing mus­cles in top shape so you can give it your all at ev­ery work­out.

Warm up and cool down

Re­gard­less of the sport or ac­tiv­ity you pur­sue, it’s al­ways best to ease into it slowly and build your en­durance as you go. Warm­ing up can in­clude light jog­ging, walk­ing or per­form­ing the ac­tiv­ity at a very slow pace. At the end of your rou­tine, be sure to lightly stretch out each ma­jor mus­cle group you worked.

Have a backup plan

In case of in­jury, al­ways have a re­li­able pain re­lief and sup­port prod­uct on hand, such as KT Tape, an elas­tic and ten­don pain re­lief and sup­port. It’s light­weight, com­fort­able to wear and can be used on many com­mon in­juries, such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints and ten­nis el­bow. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kt­tape.com.

Lis­ten to your body

If you should ex­pe­ri­ence any sharp or sud­den pains while ex­er­cis­ing, don’t ig­nore the warn­ing signs. Work­ing out through the pain may make a small in­jury much worse. As a gen­eral rule, if it feels wrong, stop the


En­gage in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties

A body in­volved in dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises will call on dif­fer­ent mus­cle groups. This type of cross train­ing pre­vents overly stress­ing one area of mus­cle.

Al­low the body to rest

In or­der to achieve the max­i­mum mus­cles need proper nour­ish­ment. This means sleep is ex­tremely im­por­tant, but it also means rest­ing for a few days in be­tween work­outs. A proper rest pe­riod will give mus­cles time to heal.

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