In the world of working out, there’s one thing nobody likes to acknowledge until it happens to them. Yes, good old injuries. We tend to fall into a mindset that “it won’t happen to me” until, well, it happens to you.
Injuries happen, and the chance of them happening are greater the more time you spend working out. Whether you’re a fitness expert or newbie doesn’t change your chance of becoming injured. Instead of playing it safe and not working out altogether, let’s look at some ways in which you can help prevent an injury from happening.
Take it Slow
Starting a new exercise that you just love and can’t get enough of? Cool! But take it easy. Increasing the weight, intensity or time of a new exercise (or even a not-so-new one) increases your chances of getting hurt. Make sure your form is impeccable before throwing more weight on or speeding up the reps, and execute movements properly from start to finish.
Hydration is so important for overall well-being, and especially during a workout. Your performance will lag if you aren’t well hydrated and your electrolytes will be out of whack. This can lead to muscle contractions and even unconsciousness. When you’re working out and sweating, you’re losing water, so it’s important to keep replacing what you’re losing. Drink before, during and after your workouts.
Allow Ample Rest
While it may be easy to get caught up in a go, go, go routine where rest days are nonexistent and you just keep at it day after day, take heed. Muscles cannot grow and repair without adequate rest. Working muscle groups too frequently without rest in between can greatly increase your chance of injury. Allow yourself rest days and tailor your workout so that you aren’t hitting two of the same muscle groups in a row (aim for at least 48-hours of recovery).
If nothing else, learn to listen to your body. If your body says rest, rest. If some part of you says ouch, listen. There is no greater way to know the best thing to do when it comes to resting and injury prevention than by listening to your body. After all, you know it best.
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