Staying hydrated and well-fed, wearing comfortable clothes, and stretching are cares that must be taken to practice any physical activity.
The practice of a physical activity is good for your health. From choosing to do exercises such as running or weight training to organizing time to allow you to travel to work or school, on foot or bicycle, health care must be present. However, there are some precautions that we must take before performing physical activities. The absence of these procedures can compromise the quality of the activity and the person’s well-being.
Here’s how to prepare for physical activity:
- Stay Hydrated And Well-Fed
Healthy eating is essential to have energy during activity. Exercising on an empty stomach can cause dizziness or fainting. Stay hydrated and prefer to drink water instead of sugary or isotonic drinks. As important as eating the right way is to stay hydrated before, during, and after physical activities. We have already talked here on the blog about the importance of drinking water while exercising, and for outdoor activities, it is no different.
Especially if the sport chosen involves running, when we run, we sweat a lot, which leads to the loss of minerals when expelling liquids from our body. If we do not replace this liquid, we can reach a level of dehydration, in addition to, of course, losing yield and disposition. Therefore, ensure correct and quality hydration through water before practicing your exercises. During practice, it is worth relying on the help of isotonic, which in addition to moisturizing, still provides more energy for you to give the best of yourself.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes
Nothing better than leaving the body free to perform the movements. Stick to safety equipment like helmets and knee pads. If the activity is a walk or run, wear sneakers with socks to secure your foot and prevent sprains. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes designed for sports. The ideal is light and light clothes, with UV protection fabrics, sunglasses, and hats/caps. In addition, of course, to personal protective equipment for impact sports or those at risk of falling, such as knee pads and helmets used in cycling.
Stretching warns and prepares the body for physical activity. Stretching before and after the activity is important to avoid injury, as well as helping to improve performance.
- Seek Guidance For More Intense Activities
Intense physical activities that promote high aerobic performance need to be prescribed and guided by the Physical Education professional. It is recommended to perform a clinical examination before undertaking intense exercises because, without guidance, they can cause injuries, pain, strains, and even death.
- Care After Activity
Stretching after physical activity is just as important as before exercise. Eating properly after physical activity avoids weakness and loss of lean mass (muscle).