Taking part in sport or keeping fit can be rewarding, improve your health and reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart problems, strokes and cancer. It can also help maintain your weight and improve your self-esteem. Adults between the age of 19 – 64 are advised to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity, 5 days per week. This can include cardiovascular activities like fast walking, cycling or aqua aerobics, as well as exercises to strengthen all the main muscle groups twice per week. Even if you are active regularly, you should also minimize the amount of time spent sitting for extended periods.
Sport has become a way of life for many in the UK, with participants ranging from elite athletes to those who just want to keep fit. But what happens if you get an injury? Doing sport too often or too hard may result in injury. Failing to warm up properly beforehand, or warm down and stretch after exercise may also result in strains. Using inappropriate equipment or wearing the wrong footwear may likewise hinder your performance. An unresolved prior injury, which might not even be related to sport, can make it difficult even to get started.