Avoiding Preventable Injuries

Avoiding Preventable Injuries from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

There’s some risk to just getting out of bed in the morning. You might fall and hit your head on your alarm clock, or you might slip and bang your knee on the shower wall. Just being alive is risky to a point, but that doesn’t mean we should take unnecessary risks. There’s a thin line between taking a calculated risk that you feel is worth it and just being reckless with your body. Not all injuries are preventable, but many are. To protect your body, you’re going to have to use your brain and try to avoid getting into situations where the potential rewards are low and the potential risks are quite high.

Think about your values

Some people wouldn’t try something like downhill skiing if you paid them, while others feel anxious and cooped up if they see snow falling and can’t go out to the nearest ski resort. Similarly, there are people who would love to try the hot new exercise trend regardless of the injury potential, while others are more than happy to stick to taking walks around the neighborhood after dinner. We all have different thresholds for what we consider acceptable risk levels. Generally, those thresholds are lower when we’re younger and our brains aren’t quite as developed. By the time we get to our late twenties and thirties, we’re usually a bit more cautious. That’s mostly a good thing, especially when we reach a point in our lives when we’re getting married and having children. Even if we want to go skydiving, we don’t want to risk leaving our kid without a mom or dad, and so we hold back.

There’s also an argument to be made for things like skydiving and bungee cord jumping. Most places that offer those services take safety extremely seriously. Unless you’re an experienced skydiver, there’s a good chance you’ll have to do a tandem jump with someone who has been through the whole routine before and really knows what he or she is doing. So it’s always a good idea to have an expert to help you out with whatever new, risky thing you’re trying. That can even include things like an intense new workout. The more high intensity the workout is, the greater the risk of injury. A personal trainer can help mitigate some of those risks. So if you’re in Northern Virginia, do a search for “personal training Alexandria” before launching yourself headfirst into a crazy new workout regime. It’s also a good idea to check with a doctor first and make sure everything you’re doing is kosher.

Get insurance

If, after weighing all the pros and cons, you decide to go ahead and buy that hot new convertible, then go ahead. But before you do, make sure your car insurance plan is comprehensive and will take care of any medical bills you incur in an accident. No one wants to think about the lifelong consequences of a car accident injury, but there comes a point in life when it’s irresponsible not to imagine the worst case scenario. Those fancy sports cars don’t have the best reputation for protecting drivers and passengers who are involved in a collision. If you don’t want to get comprehensive insurance for yourself, do it for your family. Talk to an insurance agent about getting life insurance to go with your car insurance. Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but at least your family won’t have to worry about losing their home.

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