May is National Fitness and Sports Month and everyone is encouraged to participate! According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, only 1 in 3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Whether it is running, weight lifting, basketball or even just a walk around the block, challenge yourself and others to get moving this summer!

With Memorial Day right around the corner and the warm weather finally creeping in, everyone is getting ready for picnics, summer vacations and just having fun in the sun. This time of the year is a great time for children and families to explore the outdoors and take part in fun physical activities that can help you stay active and make you feel good at the same time. However, the return of summer weather also increases risks for sports-related injuries that can often be prevented with simple safety tips.

It does not take much to exercise safely. By practicing proper hydration, stretching before and after physical activity and not overexerting yourself, you can stay in shape and perform at your best. Follow these tips so you can have a safe and fit month!

5 Tips to Avoid Sports-Related Injuries

  • Give yourself 5-10 minutes before and after exercise to warm up and cool down your muscles.
  • Ease into your activity and get progressively more intense as the routine continues. If you are pushing yourself too hard, make sure you ease up so you do not injure yourself.
  • Wear the right attire for your exercise routine. Properly fitted shoes are essential and can decrease your chance of injury.
  • Exercising in the hot, summer sun can lead to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Aim to work out in the early morning or evening hours.
  • With any sport or workout, good form is essential and can save you from devastating injuries.

Did You Know?

  • Drinking fluids during exercise increases your body’s endurance, thus improving your workout.
  • Stretching ten minutes a day has shown to improve overall flexibility and balance.
  • Rest days are important in allowing your muscles to repair and increasing your strength.
  • Great information about stretching can be found on: