A shapely body is very desirable.That’s the reason so many of us hit the gym. But what if the gym gives us something undesirable: an injury! It is very commonplace during workout to pull a muscle or get a fracture. A slight negligence on the part of an exerciser may put a threat to one’s day-to-day life depending upon the severity of the injury occurred.
For someone new to exercising, a trainer is of high importance. A certified trainer would know your body and its capacities better than you and he may guide you as to what exercises would suit your body-type and how to do each of them perfectly and safely. A wrong form or technique is often a major cause of injury.
Warming-up prepares your body for the intense exercising. Just 5-10 minutes of walking or jogging would do. It helps increase the heart-rate, increase the blood-flow and loosen the muscles. That way you prevent chances of a muscular sprain or a dislocated joint.
Stretching takes stiffness out of your body and makes you more flexible. Do it after warming-up. But do not overdo it. Deep breathing while stretching helps better your stretching.
In a rush to getting the body of their dreams many gym-goers push themselves too hard and too soon. Make sure you are not one of them because you do not want to risk an injury or a burnout. Start with what you are able to do and with time take it to the next level in terms of intensity, duration and the number of days you workout.
The same kind of exercising each day would not just bore you, but also cause injury of muscles due to overuse. Use different days to work upon different muscle sets or for doing different forms of exercising.
It is important that you identify what part of your body is weak, and make adequate attempts to build it so that you have an all round development, at the same time, keeping in mind not to overstretch that part. For example, if you have arthritis, it is a good idea to walk but not to run on a treadmill.
Do not exercise if you feel fatigued, dizzy or excess warm or cold or sickness. Not following this you may injure yourself midway during an exercise with an equipment.
In case any sharp pain is experienced at the time of working out, do not push through it. This is the body’s way of telling you that you need to stop doing the exercise or else it may worsen into becoming a chronic pain such as a slipped disc or a dislocated wrist or shoulder or a shin splint. Instead, you must immediately seek professional medical help.
In addition to the above, few other things must be remembered like you should always use proper safety gears that fit you well, keep yourself well hydrated by drinking water before, after and during the workouts and take one or two days off from your regular workouts every week in order to prevent over-training.
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