I recently heard the new phrase “gym-jury” coined because of the sheer number of gym goers that find themselves pulling a muscle, hurting their back or with another gym related injury. The truth is, as we age, we have to be even more careful with what we do in the gym and how we’re taking care of our body. As time passes by, we lose a lot of muscle mass, bone density and we notice that our fitness naturally declines. It’s a part of life and many of us try to combat some of the ageing effects by spending a good few hours in the gym a week. So there’s nothing worse than when you find yourself with a gym-jury from not taking proper care, or making a silly error in the gym. I’ve made this list of 3 tips to help you avoid an injury in the gym, please read on!
1. Slow and Steady
Going slow and steady is a great way to prevent gym related injuries. Taking adequate rests between gym days is really important to give your body time to rest and recover. If you’re doing weights in the gym, make sure to allow your body to have a rest before doing another set. Be slow and steady with your weights so that you’re ensuring correct form and preventing injury. Also be conservative while increasing the weights, to be sure not to over do it. Did you know back injuries are way too common in the gym? Of gym goes surveyed: 18 percent have a back problem due to exercise suggests a new study by Hayward Baker. That’s almost 1 in 5 people, I don’t like those odds. If you’ve recently found yourself with an injury, why not use the personal injury compensation calculator to see if you could be eligible for compensation.
2. Group Classes
This is a great way to meet other people, stay fit, find motivation to keep going to the classes and to prevent injury. Because there’s an instructor monitoring your form and ensuring you’re doing the exercises properly, it can prevent injuries. I love group classes because I feel more accountable when I know I have friends – even if they’re just gym friends – wondering where I am if i miss a class. Depending on your local gym, there should be a range of different classes from Crossfit style classes to pilates workouts.
3. Proper Nutrition
If you’re investing the time to work out, it’s important to fuel your body properly. This allows your body to recover, build new muscle and helps with good sleep hygiene. I am not a dietician so if you’re not sure where to start it may be good to contact one directly, but supplementing your diet with a bit of extra protein on your work out days is a great idea, as well as ensuring you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables to ensure your body has all the energy it needs.
Good on for you taking control of your health, but use these tips to ensure your exercise doesn’t turn into a personal injury!