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How to Avoid Injury in the Gym

How to Avoid Injury in the Gym

When you go to the gym to get your workout in, the last thing you want to happen is an injury. You are going there in hopes of building up your body and becoming a stronger, healthier person. Leaving in worse shape than how you arrived is counterproductive. Additionally, it can result in you being unable to do any exercise at all. You could be put on limitations that you would rather not want to deal with until your injury heals.

How to Avoid Injury in the Gym

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When information was collected by researchers from July of 1999 to June of 2013 it was reported that 2,873 people were sent to the emergency room as a direct result of an accident at a fitness facility. While the risk of injury is always going to be present, you can do certain things to lower it when you are working out. Follow these tips and tricks to have a better chance of walking out of your gym injury free every time. Lets look at How to Avoid Injury in the Gym by following these simple practices.

Learning the Proper Techniques

Whether you’ve been working out for years or if you’re new to it, you have to follow the proper techniques. Your body is only meant to twist and turn in so many different directions. Additionally, you are only going to be capable of lifting so much weight, no matter how far you want to push yourself.

Instead of just going in and taking your best guess, you can hire a professional personal trainer. Even if you only get their services once or twice, you can learn a lot about what you’re supposed to be doing with each exercise or piece of equipment. Most importantly, listen to your body. If something hurts or doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to quit and try a new method.

Warm Up Your Body

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You’ve probably heard it at least a few times: warming up is essential. By doing a quick five to ten minutes of low-intensity, high-repetition, fast-paced movement of some kind, you greatly reduce your risk of pulling a muscle or causing other damages. Warm muscles have a greater mobility and flexibility allowing you to do more. That’s because the blood is flowing through your body more efficiently than it does when you’re resting. Not only are you less likely to get hurt after a warm-up, but your workout performance is also going to be much greater than if you skipped it.

Stretching Before, During, and After Your Workout

Stretching is different than a warmup because you are focusing on relaxing and elongating the muscles. When you give your muscles this attention, they are going to be more alert, loose, warm, and ready to be pushed further. With the muscles being more flexible, they are more resistant to injury.

You don’t have to save your stretches for just before or after your workout either. You can do quick ones in between sets or machines to keep the elasticity in the fascia casing that wraps around the muscles. That post-workout stretch is what’s going to keep you free from pain the day after a tough workout too.

Stop Overtraining

Sometimes, when it comes to working out, less is more. You might think that the only way you are going to be able to reach your goals is by working out every single day or even twice a day. While it may give you the results you are seeking out for a bit, eventually progress is going to stall and you are going to be at greater risk for hurting yourself. There is a negative impact on the conditioning and strength your body can obtain when you are working your muscles and the nervous system too much. The body doesn’t have time to rest, recharge, and heal if you never give it the break that it needs.

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Glycogen stores and ATP that are needed to function at your greatest potential will become exhausted and your body will weaken after just a short time of overtraining. If you feel as though this is the reason for your pain or discomforts, experts recommend that you cut back to an hour workout three or four times a week until you can recharge fully.

Feed Your Body the Proper Nutrition

What you feed your body in terms of food and other nutrients is just as important as what you do to the outside of it in the gym. For example, if you are working out as a pathway to weight loss, there’s a good chance you are also cutting calories. This can be dangerous because then you aren’t getting enough nutrients. Your body needs a certain amount of proteins, fats, and other components found in a regular diet in order to properly function.

If you are on a restricted diet and you still want to work out, it’s best to avoid the super strenuous exercises like lifting heavy weights. You can still go to the gym, but stick with the lower pounds and less intense movements while you are watching the number on the scale.

Focus on the Task at Hand

For those that live a busy lifestyle, and most do, it’s easy to lose focus on what you’re doing while you’re working out. You can’t complete your exercises with the proper technique if you aren’t paying attention to what you’re doing. Without that concentration on your workout, you are increasing your risk for an accident. It doesn’t matter if you are working out for a half hour or two hours; you have to remain in the moment and aware of what you are doing to your body to keep from hurting yourself.

Treatment and Prevention of Gym-Related Injuries

Following an injury that you couldn’t avoid, you want to get treatment for it as soon as possible. You also want to do whatever you can to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. One natural way of doing both is by visiting Better Health Chiropractic in Anchorage or your nearest chiropractic clinic. People that visit a chiropractor’s office regularly for alignments and adjustments can take advantage of the plethora of benefits from doing so.

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A professional chiropractor knows how to find any issues that could potentially lead to an injury like a misaligned vertebra. They can also help with things like chiropractic massage and other forms of treatment to get you on the road to recovery much quicker without the use of harmful prescription medications or surgery.

About Dr. Brent Wells

 Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he earned his bachelor’s of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.

He became passionate about being in the chiropractic field after his own experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment.

Dr. Wells is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.

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Shellock, F., & Prentice, W. (1985, Jul-Aug). Warming-up and stretching for improved physical performance and prevention of sports-related injuries. Retrieved November 2, 2018, from US National Library of Medicine National Institues of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3849057

 

About the author

Praveen Rajarao

Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website –http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.pbgeeks.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.

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  • Hello Mr. Praveen
    Actually injuries are the major cause I fear training in Gyms. But Just now I have read your article, And by reading all your tips I can surely overcome my fear of Gym and injuries too.
    Thanks for writing!!!

  • this article contain a huge number of information about the injury in gym. the author completely described that how to avoid injury in the gym. thanks for sharing the information with all…

  • I’m a clumsy kind of a person, I often get injured by whatever I’m doing but by reading these tips from you for me to avoid accidents if ever I go to gym are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Actually the gym injury in the main cause of avoiding the rules of workout routine. This article is very important for those of people who don’t know about this gym injuries.

  • Hello! Thanks for this encouragement! I started. I became physically overwhelmed in my joints after a short time I started my personal finance blog which has been earning me thousands.

    But my first time of gyming, I became sick and diagnosed of Typhoid. Now sir! My question is does gyming distrupt immunes?

    I really want to develop my six packs. I already can push a straight 100 press ups.

  • Hi Praveen,
    Your time is remarkably great, especially your #1 tip, which talks about “learning the proper techniques.”
    This very step applies to virtually all aspects of live. To have success, you must learn to do things the best possible way. You don’t need to reinvent the strategies, but to follow a well-known process that has helped many to have success.
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  • Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience. It is especially invaluable to those like me who are just starting out. Right now she is working mostly on my website and have two dormant blogs, which because you’ve given me the tools, she could see the possibilities and the light for all three.

  • When your brain is “on yoga” your neurological system is brought back into balance and is conditioned to steer you naturally toward a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are constantly rewired to make whatever we practice get easier. When we practice healthy, balanced living we get more healthy, balanced living.

  • This is a very useful fitness tip. We can also add that we should, especially for beginners, seek proper guidance from a professional. A gym injury is not something to take lightly, almost every machine can hurt someone. Of all the tips on this article, I can relate most to over-training and warming up. This is something that gym goers usually take for granted, that’s why we should always take advantage of the reminders that the staffs give.

  • I learnt some preventive tips to apply in my next gym visits. Indeed the aspect of concentration matter gym is not the place to go when not in good mood or depressed. It could lead to injury

  • Thank you for the information, from some of these stages, it is really necessary to warm up before doing the gym, where we neutralize the events we don’t want, thank you very much for sharing the info
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  • Often we think that we have to go to the gym now to lose weight and to be fit again but sudden involvement in the gym without knowing the limits may cause injury. This article sheds light on how to avoid injury. Thanks for sharing with us an insightful article 🙂

  • Exercise is one of those rare things where the hype actually meets reality. Next to not smoking, getting regular physical activity is arguably the best thing you can do for your health. Any amount of exercise is better than none. The more you get, though, the better. And remember: Cutting back on television-watching and other sedentary pastimes is just as important as becoming more active.

  • You won’t believe what happened to me yesterday.
    So i was doing bench and on a last set i did a drop set (to 135) and as i finished i started getting up, the bar feel on the bench almost smashing my head. Apparently i didn’t rack the bar well and it fell off.
    The point is, even if you’re experienced lifter and you feel comfortable always double check when it comes to these sorts of things.

  • Going to the gym is an easy task but following the proper rules of that is a bit difficult. Many people ignore this thing because of that they are facing a problem. Nutrition is the most important point to consider while you are gyming. If your back is paining more than a week you should consult a chiropractor immediately. Wonderful article!

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  • Injury always comes with lots of problems and we need to handle it very passionately. Whenever we met with personal injury it break us down many ways. The gym is the place where people come to maintain their body and accidentally met with the accident which is affect many ways in daily life. Above given all tips are very useful during the personal injury in the gym. Thanks for the Article!!

  • Going the gym is easy but develop muscles without risks for accidents is hard. Being injured while working out is indeed one of the worst nightmares that anyone can experience. Injury always comes with lots of problems and we need to handle it very passionately. This article sheds light on how to avoid injury; Thanks for sharing!
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