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Safety Tips for the Best Gym Experience Ever

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you're interested in staying in good shape, then chances are good you either have or are thinking of getting a gym membership. While the gym isn't an absolute necessity, it can usually provide us with resources that we won't find elsewhere. Equipment. Weights. Classes. Locker rooms. These resources make staying in shape easier, and most people actually enjoy the gym experience. But the gym is only as useful and effective as you make it. If you don't use it properly, it can be a serious detriment to your health. So how do you make your gym experience a good one? If you're ready to hit the gym hot and heavy, take a look at these safety tips that can enhance your experience and your long-term health.

Get Ready to Learn

Anytime you do something new, you have to be willing to learn. And the gym is definitely no exception to this rule. You'll need to learn the equipment, the procedures, and the etiquette of your particular gym. The more you learn, the more good you'll get from the experience, and the closer you'll get to better health and your dream body.

Stay Away When You're Sick

It's just good sense and common courtesy to stay away from the masses when you're sick. If you take your germs to the gym -- and then sweat all over the equipment, use the water fountain, and spread your germs all over the place -- then you're going to heighten your own risk of staying sick as well as expose others to the illness. Just stay home. When you're feeling better and your fever is gone, then go back with more of your energy and fewer germs to infect others. 

Be Patient With the Process

Too many hit the gym expecting immediate results. They'll lift heavy, run fast, and expect the weight to fall off or their muscles to pop in a week or so. But it doesn't work that way. Good health and physique takes time. It takes patience and effort. If you're looking for quick results, you're not going to find them, and you're far more likely to get injured or to injure others. Be patient -- really, really patient. If you stay at it and stick with the process, the results will come -- and so will your gym knowledge and form.

If you're going to use the gym, it's important to use it properly. Follow the rules. Learn all you can. Keep it safe so that you can get big results from your gym experience. Use these tips to get started, and feel like a pro in your gym in no time at all. 

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

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