Which exercise best suits you?
Dr Pasakorn WatantadaDr Pasakorn Watantada shares some tips on exercising
The key to maximising the benefits of exercise and playing sports is to be consistent and regular at it. Of course you also have to take into consideration your fitness level, past injuries and any underlying disease.
Select a form of exercise that's not too strenuous for you and schedule an appropriate time each day and week that suits you.RUNNING
Running builds bone-mass and prevents osteoporosis.
Selecting the right shoes and tying the laces properly will offset any risk of injury to the legs and feet. If you have flat feet you're more at risk of ankle sprain, so use motion-control running shoes, which reduce the movement of the ankles.
Replace your shoes every 800 kilometres, because their built-in shock absorbers will weaken by one-third in that time, allowing more weight to bear down on the ankles and knees.TENNIS
It's essential to have the right equipment for tennis - shoes that suit the court surface and a racquet of the appropriate length, weight and string tension.
Most tennis injuries occur in the legs and feet, due primarily to overwork, but the shoulders and elbows can also be afflicted. "Tennis elbow" results from faulty playing technique, especially reliance on the single-handed backhand. Keep both hands on the grip, especially if you're just learning the game.GOLF
Playing an 18-hole golf course means walking eight or nine kilometres in about four hours and striking the ball maybe 100 times. At a driving range you might hit 100 balls in an hour.
The most common golf complaint is back pain. The best way to prevent it is to do warm-up and stretching exercises at least five minutes before the game.
In one round you can burn off 700 to 900 kilocalories, and playing two rounds a week helps prevent several types of chronic diseases, while also extending your life. But avoid playing on consecutive days. Take a day off in between visits to the links.
Assistant Professor Pasakorn Watantada is MD, PhD, Sports Medicine and Human Motion Analysis specialist, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
Find out more from Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital's Sports & Orthopedic Centre at (02) 711 8181.Source:http://www.nationmultimedia.com/