"The older I get, the more often I get hurt" -me
Can you relate to this?
Gone are the days in which we were children and we could fall down without a single injury. These days, all it takes is bending over wrong, turning my head too quickly, or sleeping in a weird position and I'm done. Out for a few days while my body recovers...slowly.
If you're tired of getting injured over and over again and impatient with how long it takes to recover then I suggest you try two things:
#1 Practice mobility daily
To expand on #1, mobility is the key to injury prevention.
Mobility = neuromuscular control + stability + flexibility.
Therefore, mobility works all 3 of those things whereas stretching only works flexibility. Mobility is all-encompassing and can set you up for success by improving your range of motion, your control within that range, and your ability to stabilize against external forces.
A daily mobility routine doesn't have to take long. Even just 5-minutes a day of mobility work (in the morning or before your workout are ideal) can help tremendously.
I'm currently working on an online mobility course that will launch this summer - so stay tuned.
To expand on #2, I have launched a brand new blog all about injuries! Each blog covers a different injury as I go into detail about what the injury is, what causes it, how to assess it, how to treat it, and how to modify exercise around it.
Head to the blog now and be sure to subscribe in order to get an email every 3 weeks when a new blog is released. Topics I've covered so far include elbow tendonitis, biceps tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and De Quervain's tenosynovitis. The next one will be all about the knee (patellar tendonitis) and I know many of you will want to read that.
To wrap up, if you're sick of getting injured or tired of those aches and pains, take action now. Learn what you can do to prevent them and learn how to treat them best.