Exercise is one of the best things you can do to take care of your body. We all want to look good, feel good, and do good. It’s important though, not to over-do it at the gym. This could lead to a serious injury. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you go pump the iron.
If pro-athletes stretch before the game, you should be stretching before your workout too. Whether you’re jogging or deadlifting, warm-up with some light stretches. No-one likes a pulled hamstring.
2. Stay Hydrated
Your body needs water for everything. Water helps your muscles heal, stretch, and properly function. Make sure you have water with you whenever, and wherever you’re exercising.
3. Avoid Extreme Heat (if you can)
It’s okay to workout on a hot day. If you are exercising under high temperatures, just make sure you’re wearing light colored clothing, drinking plenty of water, and paying attention to your body’s signals.
4. Mix it Up
The safest and most efficient way to build strength is to have variety in your exercise plan. As an example; Work arms on Tuesday, legs on Wednesday, and chest on Thursday.
We’ve all seen that guy at the gym wearing slides. Don’t be that guy. Wear closed toed shoes that support your arch.
6. Pay Attention
If your body gives you that check engine light, pull over! Nausea, dizziness, and unusual pain are signals from your body that you should stop your workout immediately. Don’t ignore unusual signals, and consult your doctor if you’re ever in doubt.
7. Use Correct Posture
Your back should always be straight whether you’re running, lifting, or stretching. Pay attention to your posture at all times.
8. Lift With A Spotter
The strongest body builders in the world lift with a spotter. You’re never too fit to be safe. If you’re lifting free-weights, have someone standing over you.
9. Workout With A Friend
Working out with a buddy is great because you have someone nearby that has your safety in mind, and motivation is crucial when lifting heavy.
10. Cool Down
You’re not done until you cool down. If you just finished a run, cool down with a light walk. If you just put down the weights, do some light stretches. This promotes the gradual recovery of your resting heart rate and blood pressure.