Gym is one the best ways to cut down on weight or improve your physique. But while working around heavy machinery, it is not impossible to have an injury. It is better to be acquainted with the right ways of doing things from the start. Following are a few tips to avoid injury while exercising:
Warm-up is perhaps the most important part of the gym routine. A good warm-up makes your body flexible, avoids injuries and enhanced your recovery rate from your intensive workout.
Start slow, with aerobic activity from 5 to 10 minutes. This will get your lungs and heart working properly.
Now you can move on to stretching. You can start with stretching arms, chest, legs and lower back. Jumping is highly prohibited, as it may cause tearing of a muscle.
It does not matter how much time you take doing it, what matters is doing it right. Don’t ditch warm-up even if you are short on time, or else you might be a victim of great regret the next morning.
Get to Know Your Equipment
Slept through the introduction and now you are standing like a lemon in front of the machine with no idea what to do. Never make that mistake!
Even if the introductory sessions are boring, you need to listen to them. They spare you the embarrassment you might face later and trained instructors inform you how to avoid injuries.
Don’t Rush to Results
When you are a newbie, you are eager to see results; whether it’s for losing weight or getting an appealing physique. Don’t rush into it.
Slip into a routine that you can handle, and not one after which you can barely make it through the door of the gym. Take it slow so that it stays steady and doesn’t wear you out in the long run.
Shuffle up Your Routine
Everyday going through the same routine for months can make your body adapted to the routine. When your body becomes adapted to the routine, it stops responding to it and it risks overworking particular muscles.
To avoid this you need to shuffle up your routine every 4-6 weeks so that you don’t overwork yourself and the workout stays effective.
While working out, it is very essential to stay hydrated. Drink at the start, during and at the end of the session.
If you are up for a short workout, sports drinks are not so important. But for the longer ones, they replace the electrolytes used up during the tiring work out.
Rules are NOT Supposed to be Broken
There are rules in the gym for a reason. They are made for your safety and for the safety of your fellows.
It is important that you know who your first-aid guy is.
Get familiar with your fire exits.
Be sure to use equipment as instructed in the diagrams so that you are safe and so are the people around you.
If you follow these few pointers, chances of you getting injured are slim to none.