Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.
We’ve all heard the axiom “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercising, but how do you know when it’s become too much pain? Before muscles can strengthen themselves, the muscle first must be stressed. As muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even bone are stressed slowly over time, they build up strength that allows them to perform better during strenuous workouts. But if your body isn’t used to the stress of working out, or if you train too hard, often times the “burn” you feel during a workout is more pain than should be expected or is healthy.
You’re more active
Okay, maybe your bulldog wants to lie on the couch all day snoring, but most dogs love to go for walks, hikes and are always up for a game of tug. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more daily exercise than non-dog owners.
Remember, some dogs need more exercise than others, for bigger dogs try rollerblading, running, biking or skateboarding to get the blood flowing. 10 Dog breeds that will keep you fit.
It’s also well known that regular exercise can help to boost heart health, maintain a healthy body weight, keep joints flexible and healthy, and improve balance to reduce falls.