It’s always a great step when you decide you want to exercise more in your life. After all, exercise is one of the best ways to keep our body at a healthy weight. It’s recommended that we do at least 20-30 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy. However, before you rush off and do exercise, you need to ensure you stay safe while exercising. After all, it’s so easy for injuries to occur when you are working out. And if severe, they could affect the rest of your life. Here is where people go wrong with exercising that often leads to injuries.
They Don’t Use Equipment Correctly
A lot of people head to the gym when they decide to increase their physical activity. However, they often don’t opt to be shown round which leads them to use the equipment incorrectly. It means they might end up putting the treadmill on the wrong speed which could cause them to fall off and gain an injury. Or they use equipment which is not right for their body and cause a strain to their arm or leg. And even using the wrong weights can lead to injury; you could potentially get chest pain and will need physical therapy. Therefore, make sure you ask a member of staff for advice on the piece of equipment you are using. That way, you will know exactly how you are meant to use the equipment, and it will prevent injuries occurring.
They Push Themselves Too Hard
It’s so easy to end up working too hard when you are exercising. After all, you are pushing yourself to reach the next level. But your body might not be ready to be pushed that far. And then you could potentially end up putting too much strain on your body. It will then lead to a common sports injury such as a knee injury which will result in you needing some form of treatment such as physio. And also, you might not know that an injury to a knee ligament can lead to rheumatoid arthritis which occurs at any age. It is a disease that wears away joint cartilage and causes you severe pain. If it gets worse, it can even lead you to need some form of treatment such as stem cell therapy for knees to repair the joints. Therefore, to avoid this all occurring, you need to make sure you stop when your body is telling you to!
They Don’t Listen to The Professional
Of course, it’s great working out at home as you can save money on gym costs. After all, a gym membership can cost a fortune! However, the only thing about working out on your own is you may end up doing exercises which are not suitable for your body. It might end up resulting in a strain as you shouldn’t have used a particular muscle. Therefore, you should consider getting a personal trainer to work with who will tell you what’s right for your body. They will make sure you don’t do any exercises which could lead to injuries. Also, a class would be useful as the instructor would guide you through the exercises. They will often show you a simpler exercise if the other one is too difficult to ensure you don’t get hurt!
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Also remember that you need to make sure you are drinking enough water too. If you don’t have enough before, during, and after your workout, you will lose a significant amount of water and will cause a drop in your blood pressure. And besides the risk of injury from falling, no one wants to faint in front of everyone in the gym!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.