When you’re chasing fitness goals, the last thing you want is to get injured. So here are a few ways to reduce your risk of a workout-related injury.
Check in with your doctor.
The first step in reducing your risk for workout-related injuries is to check in with your doctor. Before starting a new program, it’s always a good idea to get a check-up and address any concerns. From there, make sure that you go in for regular check-ups to stay on top of any potential problems.
Start a new program with realistic expectations and patience.
Another way to reduce your injury risk is to manage your expectations and be patient with yourself. For example, when you start a new workout program, you might want to train every day at the highest intensity you can muster. But this level of intensity isn’t sustainable and might lead to overtraining and injury. Instead, a more gradual ramp-up in workout frequency and intensity gives your body time to adjust and recover in between workouts.
Vary your workouts and intensity.
As you build a consistent workout routine, try to vary your workouts and intensity level. Going into the gym and doing the same routine over and over might lead to overuse injuries. At the same time, if you only work out at high intensities, you may not be giving your body the proper recovery it needs to get the results you seek. Vary your workout movements and intensity levels, and you’ll continue to notice changes.
Never skip the warm-up or cool down.
Your body needs time to prepare for a good workout; that’s what the warm-up is for! Skipping the warm-up and jumping right into a high-intensity workout increases your risk for injury. So, take the time to warm up so that you gradually increase your body temperature and increase circulation to your working muscles. At the same time, take the time to cool down and return to a resting state after you work out. The recovery process begins with a good cool down, so use that post-workout time wisely.
Eat healthy and nutritious foods and stay hydrated.
A healthy meal plan will benefit your overall health and well-being while reducing your risk of injury. Eating nutritious foods is a great way to properly fuel your body before, during, and after your workouts promoting good recovery. At the same time, staying hydrated helps your body carry out all the necessary processes to maintain your health and fitness. So, make sure you’re putting good stuff into the tank.
Learn and use proper form.
Make sure that you’re comfortable with any movement you do during a workout. Take the time to learn proper form. And once you know the basics, continue practicing good technique each time you go to the gym. As you get tired, do all you can to keep good form, and you’ll reduce your risk of getting injured.
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