5 Injury Prevention Exercises
A wrenched neck can be a huge pain in the you-know-what. To stave off aches in vulnerable areas, such as your neck, knees, and back, you need to strengthen the muscles surrounding them, says Gaelyn Rogers, a physical therapist with ShiftPT, an integrative-health facility in New York City. Doing so will stabilize your joints so you're less likely to injure them while performing simple tasks, like lifting a bag of groceries. To protect yourself, try the following routine, created by Rogers, three times through, three times a week. You'll need a resistance tube, a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell, a stair or a step, and a yoga mat for cushioning.