If you exercise, you are going to injure yourself. This is not to say that you shouldn’t exercise, but inevitably you are going to hurt yourself in one way or another. You can be as careful as you want, stretching and avoiding overexertion, but yes, you will get injured at some point.
I like to think that I am relatively healthy and fit. I try to eat well (don’t ask about the chips and dip) and exercise regularly. Lately, however, I seem to get a few more aches and pains that derail my regime. I’ll chalk some of it up to getting older, but that’s not the only reason. Once, I was sitting on the floor, and as I stood up, I felt a sharp pain in my foot. For the next week, I had a noticeable limp. Someone asked me, “How did you hurt yourself?” To which I replied, “I got up.”
Some injuries are unavoidable—they just happen. Others can be minimized by staying relatively active and limber. At the very least, you should walk and stretch. Here are some of my sports injury highlights:
The one activity I have never injured myself doing is yoga. I’ve been sore and achy, but it is the good kind of sore and achy.
What is the takeaway? Some exercise is better than no exercise, and you can overdo it. One easy way to get some movement in each day is to get up during commercials when you are watching T.V. and doing some stretches, yoga, sit-ups, push-ups, or just walk around (Got stairs? Even better.)
As Hal and Joanne say, “Keep fit and have fun.” (Google them or “Participaction” if you are puzzled).