Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-Minute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice. Now this week, we are talking to those of you who chronically suffer from ankle sprains. You workout, but you find that you are constantly tweaking your ankle. What things can you do with your workouts to help prevent those ankle sprains from happening?
1) Schedule With Your Local MAT® Specialist
Exercise Tip Number One If You Chronically Sprain Your Ankle: Find and schedule with your local MAT® specialist. Ankle sprains can be improved by strengthening the muscles that control your ankle. Muscle Activation Techniques® finds and addresses the muscles that are chronically weak and could be contributing to your ankle sprains.
2) Incorporate Resistance Training On A Regular Basis
Exercise Tip Number Two If You Chronically Sprain Your Ankle: Make sure to incorporate resistance training into your current workout program on a regular basis. Like we discussed in tip number one, if your muscles aren’t functioning well, you may be at higher risk of injuring yourself. Another thing you can do, in addition to MAT®, to help improve your muscle function is to make sure you are doing resistance training on a consistent basis throughout the week.
Action Step: A minimum of two days per week of resistance training should be performed. Not sure what to do when you get to the gym? Enroll in our Virtual Membership Program to receive customized exercise plans!
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3) Strengthen Your Trunk To Your Ankles
Exercise Tip Number Three If You Chronically Sprain Your Ankle: Focus on specifically strengthening the muscles of your trunk, hips, knees, and ankles when you do resistance training. Ankle sprains can be largely contributed to by weak knee, hip, and trunk muscles, so making sure those muscles get stronger is vital to keeping your ankles healthy.
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