You wouldn’t jump into your car and peel out of your driveway at 60mph, so don’t do that to your body.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 23, 2014
As the New Year begins, many people make concrete commitments to dedicate more time and energy to working out regularly at home or in the gym. However, too much enthusiasm about a new fitness regimen can lead to overextending oneself and can cause injuries. VeraVia, a luxury health and fitness retreat located in Carlsbad, CA, has released five tips for fitness enthusiasts to help avoid injuries while exercising.
Work with a trainer
Professional fitness trainers are not only useful for motivation but also to keep an eye on physical form and to ensure that muscles aren’t overloaded during the workout, since many injuries occur from stacking too many weights or improper use of workout equipment. “A trainer will correct your form and adjust the intensity of your workout to make sure that you’re seeing progress without overshooting the mark,” says VeraVia CEO Wyatt Chapman. Additionally, he points out that many athletic clubs and in-home personal trainers offer reduced-price specials at the beginning of the year so fitness-minded people should take advantage of those offers.
Always warm up and stretch before working out
“You wouldn’t jump into your car and peel out of your driveway at 60mph, so don’t do that to your body,” continues Chapman. Taking the extra time and effort to gently stretch muscles before each workout will greatly reduce the risk of a pulled muscle. Chapman also maintains that warm-ups are a good opportunity for one to get mentally centered and focus on fitness goals.
Wear the right kind of gear
The correct shoes, sports bras, and wrist or knee braces can make a huge impact on preventing injuries. It is a worthwhile investment to protect against unnecessary shin splints, back and neck strains, or joint overextensions.
Take it easy
Chapman explains, “Don’t suddenly take on more than you’re accustomed to. Work up to higher levels of repetitions over time. If exercising a certain part of your body really hurts—especially while you’re in the middle of your workout—stop!” After exercising, the body should feel sore but one should never feel sharp or stabbing pains while in the middle of their workout.
Set reasonable goals
VeraVia cautions that there is no such thing as a true “get fit quick” workout. Regular exercise is a lifestyle shift that promotes one’s overall health and must be done consistently to see lasting changes. If an individual is trying to drop pounds quickly or tone up their body in a rush, they are much more likely to become injured in the process.
“Injuries are a fast way to derail your fitness goals and sour you on working out altogether,” concludes Chapman. With a little time and attention to taking care of the body before, during, and after workouts, VeraVia maintains that fitness enthusiasts can tone up without the risk of breaking down.