It is easy for your body to sustain injury if you don't keep yourself fit. On the other hand, you can also injure yourself by exercising without taking proper measure to prevent injury. This is the fate of millions of people each and every year. It's no secret that you are more likely to injure yourself - wherever you are - if you are not fit. Take things slower and you will be better protected from sustaining an injury, especially if you are out of shape. Don't fall victim to injury because you do not realize how out of shape you are. This is a mistake a lot of people make. So, they end up getting injured because they pick an over-aggressive fitness plan. They need to take into account how to prevent injuries.
It is too bad that people who have so many reasons for abandoning an exercise program, couldn't come up with more reasons why they shouldn't. One often-cited reason concerns the boredom factor or inability to sustain motivation. Find a program you enjoy doing each day and your problem will be solved. Whatever you choose to do, making it a workout, is a necessity. You need to remove anything negative or stressful, and going for a walk after dinner is one way to do this. With any type of exercise, it is important to do it regularly, and to change it up some to keep from getting bored. Experienced exercisers, who perform extreme workouts, listen to what their body is telling them. It is true that your body is constantly giving you feedback about what is going on. All you have to do is pay attention to what is going on inside of you. You will give yourself the advantage of knowing what to do based on the feedback you get from your body. You will also instinctively know the proper action to take. If you are experiencing pain there is damage taking place. Don't just "work through it" and cause more injury. Simply stop what you are doing. According to what your body is telling you, you should take steps to alleviate the problem or stop altogether.
Becoming limber is the key to preventing injury, regardless of the type of exercise routine you choose. Stretch out your legs also. One good way to do this is to walk briskly for 15 minutes and then do some standard leg stretches. There are quite a few different ways to warm-up your legs and stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments. First and foremost, proceed slowly and gently even if you are in decent shape. Your hamstring muscles can be stretched out by gently bending at the waist. Don't worry if you cannot bend all the way down. It will come in time. Just don't force yourself to go further than is comfortable without any pain. Never, ever bounce or jerk to reach a position or further a stretch.
Warm up well before you exercise and be sure to include stretches in your warm up routine. Not only that, but it is highly advised to cool down after you finish you workout. Don't take a chance on injuring your muscles, ligaments, and tendons by taking shortcuts. Take the time to do things properly. If you do bodybuilding or weight lifting it is even more important that you stretch your muscles before you begin. It's no secret that lifting weights shortens your muscles. In the final analysis, you will do just find, and get off to a great start, if you do whatever is necessary - without rushing - to bring your body to optimum health and fitness.