Key Tips to Prevent Injury

With the 2016 challenge only a few weeks away, we want you to be as prepared as you can be, so here are some tips to stay injury free during the challenge.

Stretch, Stretch, Stretch!

You're possibly already aware just how important stretching and warming up before exercise is. It prevents all those aches and pains, as well as injury.

A good way to start is by walking for 5/10 minutes before starting a run - remember there's no rush to get going and a lot of injuries occur in the first minute of exercise. Don't worry what other people think either, you'll soon catch up.

Don't Ignore a Niggle

If after warming up you feel a bit of pain or uncomfort somewhere, then know that you might just have to stop. Even if you think you can get through the workout, you might just do more damage - it could be a bit of soreness from a previous workout, which might also be an indication that you're overdoing it slightly.

Just be sure to keep an eye on any pain that you have, it should be getting better as the days go on not worse.

Wear Comfortable, Appropriate Shoes

It is usually best not to listen to what everyone else is saying when buying training shoes. Go for what is comfortable for you, just because it's the newest, most expensive pair in the shop doesn't mean that it's going to be the best. Trust us.

Know the importance of rest

Stress is stress. You can feel it both physically and mentally - it's important to know when to throw your hands up and say 'enough is enough'. Make sure you choose the challenge that is right for you that way you can push yourself and stay on track throughout the whole challenge!

We hope you're all looking forward to the challenge and if you haven't signed up yet, then why not?!

About 5x50

5x50 Challenge started with a vision to make people who are inactive become more active. Challengers become part of something that inspires, motivates, encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle. 5x50 Challenges are open to all. Individuals or groups regardless of age, health condition/ disability or fitness level can take part.

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