Resolutions are something that has become part of many people’s lives in the runup to the start of any New year. A commitment to a healthier lifestyle is one of the most common resolutions – but sometimes that resolution falls by the wayside for a number of reasons. The first is that committing to a gym contract can be time-consuming, the second is that for those who may not have been leading a lifestyle of exercise and commitment to fitness injuries in the gym can force them to suspend their activity – and often they simply do not visit the gym again. So, if you want to keep up with your new year’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle and achieving a fitter and more fulfilled you – here are some great ways to avoid injuries during your workout sessions.
A Personal Trainer
If you are new to the gym or starting up after a long absence, consider getting a personal trainer to help you out – at least for the first couple of weeks. These professionals know the ins and outs of the equipment, how to use that equipment in order to ensure your safety and health and they’ll help you reach your goals without undue pain and suffering by developing an exercise program that is right for your unique needs.
Get your muscles in the mood for your workout. A huge number of injuries can be avoided by simply raising the core temperature and getting blood flow to the muscles of your body prior to engaging in an aerobic exercise session – or lifting weights. A warmup also gets you in the right frame of mind so that you get the most out of your workout session.
Mix it Up
Change your exercise routine. It provides you with the variety that keeps you interested – and protects muscle groups from overuse. Research has also indicated the cross-training supercharges your metabolism – and helps your body burn fat faster than sticking to the same routine day in and day out.
Hitting the gym after a long absence means rethinking your routine. Your body is not the same as it was 15 years ago – or even 12 months ago. Your energy levels may have decreased – and muscles may not be at the level they were in the past. Be realistic and start off slow. If you jump in it at the same level you are used to, you are risking serious injury. Climb that hill slowly and allow your body time to get used to the shock of hitting the gym again.
Hydration and Diet
Your nutrition is as important as warming up and your daily routine. Make sure to get plenty of carbs – they supply the energy that helps you get the most out of your workout – and help you recover more quickly. If you really want to avoid injury and supercharge your workout, speak to your personal trainer to develop a perfect diet that will suit your individual needs. Always stay hydrated – that doesn’t mean investing in expensive sports drinks – water can be just as effective.