June is Men's Health Month, a great time for men to evaluate their current level of wellness and recommit to a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is one of the best tools you have to improve or maintain good physical and mental health. Regular exercise can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight; help reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers; enhance your bone and muscle strength; and help improve your mood and decrease feelings of stress and anxiety. Of course, this goes for both men and women.
To get the most positive health benefits from regular exercise, it's important to understand your body's capabilities, as well as how to safely use any type of exercise equipment, to help prevent injuries.
"Most sports injuries result from a lack of proper instruction and training, as well as any weakness or structural defect that may be present in the body," says Dr. Vishnu Potini, an orthopedist at St. Francis Hospital. "Whether you're just jumping into a pick-up game or beginning an exercise routine at the gym, it's crucial to have a grasp on the proper techniques involved in the specific activity, get trained on any equipment being used, and listen to your body to prevent injuries and ensure that you're getting the biggest health benefit from your activity."
These helpful tips can help keep exercise -- for men and women -- safe, fun and pain-free:
While it's true that there's risk with any type of physical activity, the benefits to your physical and mental health far outweigh the risk, especially when you take the proper precautions to help ensure that your exercise is effective and safe.
If you do experience injury during physical activity, St. Francis Hospital can help. Call 800.424.DOCS to get connected with a provider who can offer help and healing for your injury.