Use Your Head to Save Your Neck: 4 Ways You’re Causing Neck Injury
Injuries are inevitable in any sport or activity. Whether it’s a fall, a hit to the head, or even just getting caught with your hand in someone else’s mouth, there will always be injuries.
But what if those injuries could be prevented? What if they weren’t so bad?
The answer is simple – exercise! If you want to prevent injuries, you need to do something every day that improves your health. And if you want to improve your health, then you need to work out regularly.
I’m not talking about some sort of “fitness” routine here; I’m talking about regular physical activity. Regular means at least once per week.
That’s right – no matter how much time you have available each day, if it isn’t spent working out, then it’s wasted time!
If you don’t like the idea of exercising every day, then that’s fine too. Just skip doing it altogether and save yourself the hassle.
However, if you really feel compelled to get active because of all the stuff I’ve been telling you today, then here are four ways you can start working out on a regular basis without actually having to go buy new clothes or anything like that…
1) Do Some Strength Training Every Day!
This is a no-brainer. You don’t need to go to the gym or anything like that; you can get stronger by just moving some of your own furniture around!
By picking up your bed and desk, you’re working all sorts of muscles that you probably never even knew you had.
You should also make use of hand grips and other forms of strength-training equipment. These can be great for building muscle tone in your hands, arms, shoulders, and even your core!
With stronger hands, you’ll find that many everyday tasks will become much easier!
2) Take The Stairs Everywhere You Go
Taking the stairs is a great way to improve your cardiovascular endurance. All you have to do is park further away from your destination and walk the extra distance.
If you make a habit of this on a daily basis, you’ll definitely start feeling the benefits.
Just walking up and down stairs doesn’t do much for improving your body composition though, so you may also want to consider…
3) Climb Up And Down A Few flights Of Stairs Every Day
This is similar to the “take the stairs” suggestion, but it’s a little more intense. By climbing up and down a few flights of stairs, you’ll improve your leg strength (especially in your calves) and endurance.
You’ll also improve your stamina and agility.
If you have an apartment, then this tip is even more beneficial because you get to do this all inside where it’s safer! Just remember not to do this for too long, or your calves will start burning like crazy.
4) Go For A Walk
This is something I do every day, and it’s probably the single best thing you can do for your body. From a health standpoint, walking is almost as good as running, but it’s much easier on your joints and muscles.
And because it’s so low impact, you can walk for longer than you could run, which means you’ll burn more calories in less time.
Walking is also great for your brain. It promotes thinking and reflection, which helps to clear your mind and keep you focused.
Walking is one of the oldest forms of exercise, and for good reason: It works! You don’t need special equipment or clothing to do it.
All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and take a stroll!
Your body is a machine, so you need to start treating it like one. If you take care of it, it’ll last a lot longer.
If you neglect it, it’ll break down and cease functioning properly. Start taking care of yourself today by doing some form of physical activity on a regular basis.
Your mind and body will thank you for it!
This is just part of becoming a new (and better) you!
Talk to you soon.
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