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Don’t be a statistic during Men’s Health Week

So, your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy didn’t quite go to plan. Summer’s just around the corner and that means holidays, beaches and fewer clothes.

Well, it’s never too late to start. Thousands of men across England have been inspired to focus on healthy living during Men’s Health Week (15-21 June).

Warm up properly to avoid sprains and strains

Warm up properly to avoid sprains and strains

So, what are you waiting for? Reach for those trainers, grab those lycra shorts and head to the gym in style. But not before you follow some basic tips, or you may end up back where you started, resting up on the sofa!

29 million people in England and Wales end up with a sports injury each year. The most common injuries are sprains and strains of the lower limbs – over one third of these occur in men aged 16-25 years old.

Dr Paul Oliver say: “ Exercise brings so many health benefits. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. It’s also a great way to get in shape and burn off calories. However, it can be tempting to try and push yourself, especially if you’re with friends. Try not to get too competitive!

“It’s very important to warm up properly for a few minutes. Start with gentle exercise, such as walking or jogging, to get the blood flowing to your muscles. Then gradually increase the pace until you are running briskly.

“Once your muscles are warm, do some gentle stretching exercises, paying particular attention to the muscle groups that you’ll be using – for example, legs for running and arms and shoulders for racquet sports. A gentle cool-down after exercise will mean less muscle stiffness and soreness afterwards.”

If you do have a minor sports injury, this can be treated at home using PRICE therapy for two or three days. PRICE stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Plus it can take up to six weeks to get back to your normal self. So be patient.

For more serious sports injuries, such as a torn ligament or damaged cartilage, you will need to book an appointment with your GP. You can also call NHS111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s simple to use, just dial 111 and you’ll be put through to someone who can tell where you can go for help.

For information about treating specific injuries, visit NHS Choices

 

 

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