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Avoid These Common Gym Mistakes

By Lana Bandoim

It is possible to make workouts better and easier. Consider the following mistakes and learn to avoid them. The gym experience does not have to be a nightmare.

Not Following the Rules

Each gym has specific rules that members must follow. Whether you cannot use some types of equipment for more than 30 minutes or must put the dumbbells back on the rack, it is important to follow the guidelines. Ignoring them can put your membership at risk and make visiting the gym unpleasant.

Warming Up Mistakes

It may be tempting to skip the warm-up process and take over the treadmill. However, warming up can increase blood flow and make the workouts easier. Instead of skipping the process, consider making it a priority before exercising.

Not Being Flexible

You may have a favorite machine at the gym, but it may not be available during every visit. Consider staying flexible and adjusting the workouts. Try new equipment, sign up for a class and experiment with new workouts. Instead of doing the same thing during every gym session and being bored, look at other options.

Wearing the Wrong Clothes

From baggy shirts that get caught in equipment to sheer leggings that reveal too much, gym attire can be a nightmare. Try to wear comfortable clothes designed for workouts. Do not wear jeans or a business suit. Not only will they affect the ability to exercise properly, they will also be ruined from sweat.

Water Mistakes

Instead of relying on the water fountain at the gym, bring your own refillable bottle. It makes it easier to stay hydrated during the entire workout. Not drinking enough water can create dehydration, dizziness, headaches and fatigue. Keep the water bottle close, but make sure it does not spill or prevent other people from using equipment. Switch to a bottle with measurements on the side, so it is easier to see how much water is consumed at the gym.

Talking Too Much

It is normal to socialize a little with other gym members, but the goal is to exercise. Avoid getting into long or boring conversations that make you lose focus. People who talk too much annoy some gym members. Consider wearing headphones and listening to music if there is a high risk of being interrupted by unnecessary conversations.

Consider these common mistakes the next time you are at the gym. It is better to avoid them, so the focus remains on losing weight or gaining muscle.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Eastvale, Calif.

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