It’s no secret that performing any physical exercise without taking the necessary precautionary measures can result in more harm than good for your body. If you find yourself falling prey to similar kinds of exercise-related injuries, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Most of the time, your injuries are a direct result of the workouts you choose to do. But sometimes, other reasons can be instrumental in bringing them on, too.
Two common and lesser-known causes are lack of sleep and poor hip flexors. Less sleep could result in a disaster at the gym because your cognitive and fine motor skills will function at an all-time low. This could mean only one thing: injury. This rings true, especially for those who play sports to keep fit. According to findings by the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, adolescent athletes who get eight or more hours of sleep each night are 68 percent less likely to suffer injuries than athletes who regularly sleep less.
Another common cause for injury is poor hip flexors. This is a common bane among those who spend the most part of their day seated either at home or the workplace. Weak hip flexors are responsible the majority of lower-leg injuries. Here are four ways to combat these causes, and other actions that can result in injury: