The Most Common Gym Injuries to Avoid!
By Sara Butler
There you are – killing it at the gym! You should be proud of your accomplishments when it comes to physical fitness, but you also need to be on the lookout for these potential injuries that can become a real roadblock to your fitness success. Here are some of the more common injuries you can sustain at the gym and how to avoid them.
You Skip the Warm-Up
Sometimes you’re in a hurry, so it may be appealing to skip the warm-up, but you may do more harm than good. One of the worst things you can do is work your cold muscles that are unprepared for the onslaught. This is especially true if you wait until after work to exercise. Sitting for several hours at your office all day can make the problem even worse and you can end up with a much more significant injury.
You should prepare your body to exercise with a dynamic warm-up. Do some lunges, toe touches, and jumping jacks to get your blood pumping and lengthen your muscles.
You Push Too Hard
It’s human nature to try to achieve more and push harder, but that’s not a good philosophy for the gym. If you do too much too soon, then you’re going to get injured.
How do you know when you can up your gym game? Well, when workouts begin to feel too easy you should then increase your workout gradually. Whatever you do, just remember to give your body time to adapt to a new level before you move on to another!
Keep Your Form in Check
When you allow yourself to break form so you can eke out just a few more repetitions, then you’re veering into dangerous territory. If you want to push more, then lighten your load or call it quits. When you use poor form you are exposing yourself to injury, and when you’re fatigued you’re more likely to use poor form.
You Push Past Pain
Everyone has heard that there’s no gain without pain, but that’s not entirely true. The pain that adage is talking about isn’t the kind of pain that clues you in that there’s a serious problem. Simply being sore is not a warning sign, but intense, sharp, and shooting pain should not be pushed through. Any pain that travels should be seen as a warning, too. Stop what you’re doing and do a self-check and assess yourself to see if you’re really injured.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.