Improve Your Mood At Work

November 17, 2011 by staff 

Improve Your Mood At Work, Regular workouts can help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. They promote healthy blood sugar levels, improve your mood and energy levels, help control your weight, promote healthy bone density and more.

In other words, there’s no shortage of benefits to hitting the gym or taking a brisk stroll or two around your block on a daily basis. That’s why experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week.

However, exercise, by its very nature, can also put you at risk of injury, especially if you’re new to working out or carrying excess weight. Even the most seasoned exercisers can find themselves with injuries from overuse of joints, accidental falls, or improper technique.

In 2008, close to 1,500 people visited U.S. emergency rooms due to injuries they received while using treadmills, weights, elliptical machines or other exercise equipment, a Consumer Products Safety Commission report found. However, they suggest that many exercise-related injuries are never reported, making the real number as high as 50,000.

Likewise, from 1990 to 2007, there were over 25,000 weight-training injuries seen in U.S. emergency rooms, according to a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, with sprains and strains the most common diagnosis. Most often, injuries occurred from weights dropping on the person.

Injuries occur even in more “gentle” exercise regimens, such as yoga. In 2006, there were 4,459 yoga-related injuries in the United States, a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found.

The most common injuries related to yoga, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), are caused by repetitive strain to and overstretching of your neck, shoulders, spine, legs and knees.

Ironically, the very same things that provide your body the benefits during exercise — the stretching, holding, moving, balancing and flexing — can also lead to injury if you try to do too much, too quickly, or overuse the same muscle repeatedly.

While many exercise injuries are minor, they can be severe, leading to serious back or limb injury or requiring surgery. According to Kaiser Permanente, the most common exercise injuries are:

Knee joint injuries: Sprains, torn cartilage, tendonitis and arthritis can all be exercise-related.
Lower back injuries: Muscle tears, sprains and strains, ruptured discs, and stress fractures of the lower back are all possible.

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