Working out often involves pushing your body to its limits, so it can be easy to injure yourself. While veterans have more expertise and know how to avoid getting hurt, those new to the gym are prone to making preventable mistakes that greatly increase their chances of injury. The new year is upon us, and many are vowing to get in shape. Let us show you some ways to prevent injuries while exercising.
Those new to fitness often dive headfirst into intense workout regimens. But it’s important to start with something lighter and gradually pick up the pace as your body improves and becomes conditioned for such workouts. You must also consider your personal circumstances—choose exercises that benefit you the most. For example, if you have issues with joint pain, you’ll want a low-impact routine like swimming to avoid putting stress on your joints. Remember that there is no shame in starting small and slowly feeling your way toward an ideal workout routine. Think gradual progression; don’t try to do too much, too fast.
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood, or you’re too fired up to complete the warm-up phase. However, just as you need to slowly increase the intensity of your workout, you need to give your body and muscles some time to get your blood flowing. You can achieve a good warm-up by performing stretches, as they’re very low in intensity and they’re great for getting your heart rate going. By warming up, you significantly reduce the chances of injury and you’ll probably save yourself a few aches and pains the next morning.
Drinking water is usually not associated with preventing injuries while exercising, but staying hydrated is vital. As you sweat, your body loses essential fluids, and a lack of those fluids can cause issues like cramping. You should drink some water at least once every fifteen minutes to stay adequately hydrated. Remember that just because you don’t feel thirsty, doesn’t mean you aren’t dehydrated.