It’s time to haul out the trainers and start working out, but before you do, here are tips to help you avoid muscle strain and sprains

We’re creeping closer to spring which means it’s time to find that gym card, haul out the trainers and get back into working out.

However, if you’ve taken a break from your usual workout schedule, you may need to take it a bit easier and ease back into a routine. Doing too much too soon can cause muscle strain and sprains.

A muscle strain, muscle pull, or even a muscle ache implies damage to a muscle. So, just as you start a new exercise regime, a strain may force you to stop, seek treatment and allow time for recovery. So much for getting toned in time for summer!

Dr Gita Prakash, a general practitioner, says that before you do any form of exercise, you should do a thorough warm-up. This is just one way to prevent muscle strain and sprains.

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Watch the following video to learn more about what causes sprains and strains, and how to prevent them, by following these simple tips by Dr Prakash.

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