By: Katherine G. Turcios, Blog Contributor
Reviewed by: West Oaks Urgent Care
Working out can be a lot of fun and very safe when done correctly. To avoid exercise injuries, here are a few safety tips you may want to follow in Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land area gyms.
Tip #1: Learn Proper Form
If you are not sure how to perform workouts, look them up before you start. This is especially necessary when you are lifting weights because it takes more effort than cardio. Usually on the weight machines, they have a picture showing you what muscle groups you will work and how to properly use the machine. If you are not using machines, and you want to use free weights, YouTube the exercises and watch the proper form performed by another person.
Tip #2: Don’t Test Your Limits
DO NOT go passed your limit, this cannot be stressed enough. If you feel like you’re about to throw up, or even faint, please don’t proceed further. Listen to your body and let it rest when it needs to rest. There are often times when we think that more is better, and that’s not necessarily true because we could be over working our body. From my personal experience, I once kept going because I didn’t think I was done. I was wrong, and ended up feeling so weak that I couldn’t workout for an entire week! So remember, if you do not feel well or you are too tired, please don’t go workout because you feel you “have to”, it’s okay to take a week or two off.
Tip #3: Warming Up is Very Important
Please warm up before you do any type of workout at the gym. This is imperative because this can prevent injuries while weightlifting or engaging in cardio exercises. Try to do something light like jump roping, walking, jumping jacks, or using cardio machines. Do these exercises for at least 5 minutes to get your heart rate up, and you’ll have a great and safe workout! This goes the same when warming down, it is just as important as warming up, again to prevent injuries. Warming down can consist of stretching to get your heart rate down again from a tough workout.
Lastly, make sure you ALWAYS stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout!
If you ever do get injured during your workout, you can visit your nearest urgent care to help with minor injuries. West Oaks Urgent Care specializes in gym and activity-related injuries.