4 simple ways to injury-proof your body

If you keep getting hurt during sports training, you’re either clumsy or not doing it right. Spartan Race’s Patrick Harmer shows you how to protect yourself…

Your training should not harm you
Your training should not harm you
21 Aug 2015

Your training should not harm you

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Our bodies are not conditioned to handle the demands of all types of exercises. So stop if your training is hurting you. Injury often happens when you do too much, too fast, too soon. Take time in your training progression; advance in small increments, not leaps. Allow your body to gradually change and adapt.

Be wise when trying new workouts
Be wise when trying new workouts
23 Aug 2015

Be wise when trying new workouts

Assess whether a new exercise regime is appropriate for you by researching and consulting with a qualified coach. A “trendy” exercise of the moment may not be a good choice for you.

Rethink your warm-up
Rethink your warm-up
21 Aug 2015

Rethink your warm-up

The static stretching we’re so accustomed to may not be as useful as we think. Research revealed that static stretching makes a person prone to injury because it dampens a body’s awareness of itself. Plus, you’re not “warm” yet. Think of a rubber band that’s stretched too far with one instant pull. It’s bound to snap. So, really, it is not doing what you think. Try these exercises.

Rest is equally important
Rest is equally important
21 Aug 2015

Rest is equally important

“Exercise merely stimulates growth, it does not produce the growth,“ said Arthur Jones, creator of the Nautilus exercise machines, “Changes that result from exercise are actually produced by the body itself - during rest.” Take a day off. Read a book. Take a hike (literally). Enjoy the moment. But remember: Put the mobile gadget down.

Patrick Harmer is a coach with Spartan SGX, Spartan’s official training programme. To join Spartan Race Singapore happening 15 Nov, visit spartanrace.sg.

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