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Keeping your Gym Workout Safe

Working out at the gym is a great way to lose weight and get in shape. Unless, you are a professional athlete or trainer; however, it can also be a good way to suffer an injury. Make sure you avoid the potential for injury by following the safety guidelines below the next time you visit the gym.

First, be aware of your own limitations and adjust accordingly based on the level of risk offered by the exercise or workout routine. Obviously, professional bodybuilders and even athletes can endure a much higher level of risk. Their profession depends on it. For those of us who simply want to get in shape and lose a few pounds, there is no justification for taking on this level of risk. Just because the guy a machines over is able to lift 500 pounds doesn’t mean we need to do the same. Keep your own goals and limitations in mind to avoid injury.

It is also important to avoid the temptation to go too fast. This is actually one of the most common mistakes made by beginners. There is a strong desire to get in shape and lose weight fast. Toward that end many people try to do too much too fast. Slow and steady is the motto when it comes to working out. Working out as this kind of rapid pace can result in sore muscles and possibly even serious injuries. Increase your sets at intervals. Overusing your muscles and joints can lead to serious problems.

Along the same lines, do not try to move on to advanced exercises or machines until you have really mastered the basics first. Furthermore, never try to lift more weights than you are really ready for. This places extreme stress on your back and joints. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Try to alternate your workout schedule. For example, one day you might work on strength training and the next time you visit the gym focus on aerobic training. This can keep variety in your workout as well as ensure that the muscles used the last workout have a chance to recuperate for a spell.

Keep an eye as well on your form and technique. Almost all gyms provide large mirrors for this very purpose. Focus on making sure you are using the right form. If you aren’t sure whether you are or not, don’t hesitate to ask an instructor.

Maintain correct posture as well to avoid injury. Slouching places too much strain on numerous parts of your body while working out. Your mother was right: stand up straight. It has more than one benefit.

Avoid slinging weights or letting them drop to the floor. This can be dangerous not only for you but to others as well. Even dropping on weight could be enough to break a toe or entire foot.

Always have someone spot you. Even if you think you are comfortable lifting a particular set of weights it isn’t worth the risk of permanent injury to lift it without someone spotting you. If there isn’t anyone available at that time, wait until you can find a partner.

Finally, don’t forget to give your body ample time to rest. This includes in between actual workout sessions but also in between reps or sets. There’s no rule that says you must race through your workout. Take it slow and steady.

Working out at the gym can be an enjoyable and relaxing way to improve your body’s physical health and fitness as well as your mental clarity; provided you take the necessary steps to ensure you are working out safely.
 
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