Kickboxing has emerged as a popular choice among people as an intense workout method. Not only does it help a person develop self defense skills, but it also provides an excellent way to stay lean and fit as well as maintain an overall fitness of the body systems, especially the cardiovascular. However, like any other sport that involves physical action, kickboxing also has certain risks attached to it, more so, because it involve high intensity physical contact which increases the chance of injury if the proper safety precautions are not followed and the rules of the sport not respected. You might end up hurting either yourself or your partner gravely. Hence it is always advisable to follow the safety rules mentioned below to ensure that you have a safe session of kickboxing workout.
The most common forms of injuries sustained during kickboxing are strains and sprains of the muscles. This can happen if you don’t warm up properly before going into intensive workout. You should always stretch and relax your muscles with light aerobics before a kickboxing session. Stretching exercises can also help you avoid the painful muscle spasms. Free movement is necessary in any kind of martial arts and kickboxing is no exception. But at the same time, you need to make sure that you trip over your clothes. Hence choosing the right sized clothes is important for your kickboxing session. Another high risk area is the legs, especially the knees. Due to the high stress and jerks that falls upon the legs they are often prone to twists or other injuries. Wearing good quality running shoes can help prevent such shocks to a certain extent. As with any other high intensity sports, you should not start off in the hyper mode. As a beginner, you should be careful and get accustomed to the motions and skills of kickboxing before you get intense. Over the days you can gradually increase your workout time as well as push up the level of intensity. Do not attempt to master the art of kickboxing on the very first day. You should also take care that you don’t overt exert yourself in an attempt to please either the trainer or yourself. A session of kickboxing should freshen you up. But instead, if you feel tired, you might be over stressing yourself.
Another important precaution is to keep your body well hydrated. The body loses a lot of fluid during kickboxing and it is important to consume rehydrating drinks to prevent muscle cramps and dehydration. Also, make sure that the floor where you are practicing is clean and not littered with obstructions like papers or clothes as you might trip over them and hurt yourself seriously. In case of a strain, you should take a few days off and even consults your doctor if the pain persists.
After all, remember that you are doing the kickboxing to keep yourself fit and it would counterproductive if you don’t follow these simple safety precautions and injure yourself during the practice.