26 January 2017

Don't Let Injury Stop You in Your Tracks: Top Tips for Gym Newbies

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, the last thing you want is for an injury to stop you in your tracks. If you’ve joined the gym, here are some tips to help you steer clear of problems and get your exercise regime off to the best possible start.

Schedule a tour--

If you’ve never been to a gym before, you may be slightly confused by the collection of machines standing in front of you when you walk through the door. In some cases, it’s easy to work out what you need to do. But in others, you could stand there baffled for half an hour and emerge none the wiser. The best thing to do if you’re a newbie, or you haven’t been to the gym for years, is to book a tour. This way, you’ll be able to learn how to use all the equipment before you begin training. This will ensure you get more out of your workouts, and also help to prevent injury.


Warm up and cool down--

When you’re full of energy, and you’re keen to get started, it can be tempting to dive right in. But always make time for a warm-up. This is essential to keep injuries at bay. A warm up is designed to increase your heart rate, and get your blood pumping to the muscles. If you start without a warm-up, you’ll end up with pulled and strained muscles, and your body won’t be ready for what you’re about to throw at it. After you’ve finished your workout, take 5 or 10 minutes to do a cool down. This will bring your heart rate down gradually, and prevent the buildup of lactic acid, which will reduce aches and pains the following day.


Go steady--

If you’re not used to regular exercise, you can do more harm than good by trying to do too much too soon. You need to build your fitness levels gradually. Challenge yourself and give every session your best effort, but don’t cross the line. If you push your body too hard, you’ll end up with an injury.


Protect your body--

Exercise has a host of brilliant benefits, but it can take its toll on your body. Tailor your exercise plan to suit you, and take care if you’re prone to injury, or you’ve had problems in the past. If you’ve sprained your ankle before, for example, you may find it beneficial to wear a compression sock. If you’ve got weak knees or wrists, wearing supports may help.


If you’re embarking on an exercise regime, and you’re eager to get fit, you don’t want an injury to put pay to your good intentions. Before you start, make sure you know what you’re doing. Book a tour and don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek advice. Warm up and cool down before and after every workout, and take things slowly. If you have an old injury, take advantage of protective equipment, and ensure you rest between sessions.

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