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Exercise should be about improving your health, not damaging it. But, unfortunately, there’s a large cohort of people out there who really don’t know how to be physically active in a safe way, and it invariably takes a toll on their bodies.
You’re Lifting Too Heavy
If you hit the gym regularly, you’re no doubt the kind of person who enjoys pushing themselves. Sometimes, though, you can have aims in your mind that aren’t feasible, given your current level of strength. You might want to shoulder press the 70 lb dumbells, but if you haven’t done the groundwork, there’s a high chance that you’ll wind up injuring yourself.
Always go as light as you can while maintaining form. Never jerk the weights. And listen to your body. If something feels too heavy and you’re not in control, it probably is.
You’re Doing The Wrong Movements
When it comes to lifting, there are two types of movement: those that mimic the ways the human body is designed to move, and those which don’t. Ideally, you want to avoid the latter. Many lifters who copy strange movements they see on bodybuilding forums wind up at the chiropractor for corrective therapy.
Where possible, stick with the types of movements the human body is designed to perform. Things like lunges are natural, but behind-the-head lat pulldowns are not.
You’re Not Warming Up
It takes a little while for the body to get up to speed and experience the benefits of exercise. Unfortunately, a lot of people who train aren’t willing to put in a little extra time to get the blood flowing to their muscles, and it invariable leads to injury.
If you’re planning on doing any exercise especially explosive, such as sprinting, jumping, or powerlifting, make sure that you warm up first and stretch your muscles. Doing this will help to get the blood flowing to them, make them more supple, and prepare them for the challenges ahead.
You’re Not Eating The Right Foods
Exercise is often very effective at strengthening both muscles and joints, but you have to support your recovery adequately. If you don’t, then your body can’t come back stronger, and you wind up more injury-prone as a result.
The best way to support your body is to provide it with the nutrients that it needs to construct the new tissue to keep you healthy and strong. Eating plenty of vegetables is a must – as is eating protein rich foods like beans.
You Overwhelm Your Capacity To Recover
On a related note, some people wind up overwhelming their capacity to recover from training. If you train too hard for too many days in a row, you don’t give your body adequate time to recover, no matter how good your diet is.
Taking regular breaks from training, therefore, is essential. You need at least a day off between each hardcore training session if you’re new to it. And you want at least two days off per week if you’re a seasoned pro. Resting is when your body adapts to exercise. Use it liberally.
These are just some of the ideas to keep from injuring yourself while exercise. Remember be kind to your body, it’s the only one you’ve got!
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