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Staying Healthy as an Athlete and as a Welder

Staying Healthy as an Athlete and as a Welder

Being a welder and being an athlete, believe it or not, have similarities. They both need healthy bodies to cope with their every tasks, training, and competitions. So, how can you stay healthy when you’re into sports and welding?

Wear the appropriate clothes

skiing-woman-ski-apparelStaying healthy also means staying safe from any kind of danger that may harm you physically. To avoid those physical threats, a welder must wear the correct outfit. And I’m talking about the welding helmet, safety glasses, long-sleeved shirt, ear muffs/plugs, welding gloves, and close-toed shoes. All these can keep the welder safe from arcs, flames, fumes, and etc.

It’s the same thing with the athlete. Depending on your sport, you must wear the right attire. If you’re a cyclist, you should wear knee pads and a durable helmet. If you play American football, you must wear a face shield. If you’re a boxer, a mouth guard is also part of the attire. If you’re into skiing, then you must wear goggles, gloves, boots, and a snow jacket. All these can keep you safe from whatever danger you might face in your chosen sport.

Eat healthy food

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As a welder and an athlete, you must also eat healthy food only. You need to take your diet seriously. Remember that you need a lot of calories if you want to be energized for the rest of the day. If you’re under 50, you’ll need up to 3,000 calories a day. If you’re under 50 and you’re not active (meaning you don’t do sports), you’ll need more. Likewise, if you’re beyond 50, you’ll also be needing more calories to help you with your welding job or sport. Remember, a healthy diet is a major contributor to a healthy lifestyle.

Work out

Lastly, if you want to stay fit, you should exercise. Working out is like a handyman tool that makes the tasks more bearable for the physical body. Welders usually have to stay in an uncomfortable position for hours to get the job done, and this may cause their bodies to become stiff and inflexible. To combat that, welders must exercise to keep their bodies flexible and to avoid the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Athletes also need to exercise. Like welders, they shouldn’t ignore cardiovascular workouts such as jogging and cycling. These exercises can lengthen one’s endurance, as well as keep the heart and lungs healthy. Here’s a pro tip: After 10 minutes of having a light cardio workout (like jump rope or light jog), spend 10-15 minutes on dynamic warm-ups like reverse lunges and skipping. These will improve rhythm, flexibility, and coordination. After the exercise, an athlete must also incorporate recovery methods such as massage, stretching exercises, and foam rolling to make sure that the body stays limber. Doing those will also decrease the soreness or muscle pain.

And that’s a wrap! Stay healthy!