Working out is a must for your health and happiness. From time to time, injuries are suffered, and as any gym rat will tell you, getting hurt is the pits. So, can you avoid injury as you work out? Yes, you can! Here are some helpful hints to keep you healthy and in the gym!
It’s All in the Form
Good technique is going to be one of the most important things you can do to help prevent injury. If you’re unfamiliar with how to use a piece of equipment at the gym or how to do something, ask. It’s also helpful to work on your form before you start adding weight to the routine. When you use poor technique it’s a surefire way to injure yourself, especially when lifting weights.
Take it to the Limit
You have to know your limits when it comes to exercise. That means that once you have learned the proper technique that you should only then, and very gradually, add weight or time to the routine. Obviously, exercise is about pushing yourself but you also need to know the difference between something that is just uncomfortable and actual pain. If you push yourself beyond what your body is ready for, that’s not going to lead you to fitness but to injury.
You can’t just jump right into a high intensity workout. You have to get your juices flowing and your blood pumping first. You can do this by doing reps at a low weight, riding a stationary bike or jog a bit. When you warm up your muscles you help to increase their elasticity, and warmed up muscles are less likely to be injured than cold ones!
Slow and Steady
If you go all out with your new routine on the first day, chances are you will be so sore (and possibly injured) that you won’t want to get back to it. So, don’t overdo it. Injury will not help you to stick to a new routine. You have to keep this in mind, especially if the exercise is new or if you’re getting back to the gym after an absence. Also, don’t compare yourself to the person next to you. Intensity varies depending upon the person. You just have to listen to your body and know what your limits are.
Mix it Up
Doing the same exercise over and over isn’t just boring, but it can also lead to overuse injuries. Make sure that you mix things up and try something new every once in a while to ensure you’re challenging yourself and keeping your muscles sharp. You can switch up between weight training, cardio, stretching or a class to keep things interesting. Your body will thank you for it!
If you have questions about how to work out properly, talk to your chiropractor!
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