Daily Exercises to Prevent Injury
by Amanda Jane Snyder
Do these exercises everyday to prevent injury!
The more active we are, the higher risk of injury.
Exercise is extremely important for our health and longevity. The problem is, the more active we are, the higher risk of injury.
It seems counter intuitive, why go through all the effort to exercise and improve our health if we're just going to get injured? But we do NEED to move. Our bodies are MEANT to move, run, bound, jump, leap. The problem is, our society has created an environment where we barely move on a regular basis. Our day to day has us sitting in chairs, hunched over a phone, and staring at screens. Most of us workout once a day for an hour ... or if our profession involves movement (professional athlete such as a runner or dancer) we tend to stick to the same repetitive movements, which ALSO puts us at risk of injury.
Repetitive movements expose our weaknesses.
Repetitive movements expose where we're weak. So if we're constantly running or dancing or sitting, these activities simply expose underlying imbalances that might already be present.
So, we do need to exercise everyday, that's clear. But how can we exercise in a way that won't constantly put us at risk of injury?
Practice the Boring Stuff.
I often compare corrective exercise and soft tissue release to flossing our teeth. It's integral to our overall dental hygiene, it helps to make our teeth LOOK good and FEEL good. It also prevents us from disease and bleeding. But it's boring as all heck! Yes, it's boring. Yes, it takes extra time. But it's worth it when you don't have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket to fix your teeth. So what am I saying? I'm saying practice the boring stuff. Corrective exercise, resistance training, soft tissue release, is so important for preventing injury.
Grab your lacrosse ball! Grab your foam roller! Start rolling out prior to your workouts. Release and inhibit your over active muscles so they don't take over during your workouts. Strengthen your weak muscles by using corrective exercise techniques such as Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Functional Movement Screening (FMS) or deep intramuscular core engagement practices such as pilates, or Flobility.
Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers but loves creating, exploring, and enjoying all things vegan and gluten free!