It is very important to take care of your form while doing exercises. Most of the injuries happen because of the wrong form instead of lifting heavy. I have seen many people doing very basic mistakes while doing very common exercises which they do almost every day. Make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. You may have read how to avoid injury at gym, if not read it here.
Exercise Precautions For Beginners
Sit-ups – While doing sit-ups, I see people trying to bring their face close to their knees. Instead, you should try to bring your chest close to your knees, keeping your head in line with your spine. The result of bringing your head close results in a rounded back and all the back related problems. Your back should be completely straight while doing this.
In the picture above, I have shown you the posture of deadlift because I could not find an image for situps, but this concept of rounded and straight back is same for all the exercises.
Squats – The same is applicable for squats.
The girl on the right is doing it wrong and the one on the left is doing it right. Try to stick your glutes out while doing this move. See, this is what the girl on the left is doing. This will make sure you are doing it right.
Standing Calf raises – This is a move that has given some problems to me lately.
If you observe, this move makes you stand on your toes, exactly like how you stand when you wear heels and puts a lot of pressure on your ankles.
If you feel any sort of pain in your ankles while doing this move, I would suggest do this move with half range of motion. So, go only half way up. That means if you are supposed to do 20 full reps, do 40 half reps. same intensity, but without the risk of injury.
Jumping exercises – For any jumping exercise, don’t land flat on your heels, try to land on your toes. Landing on heels may cause problems in your heels, ankles and back
I have provided a link above where multiple exercises have been shown. You could choose to do any one of the first two as they are simple but effective and instead of the rope that he uses, you could use a 1kg dumbbell.
Hamstrings – These are the muscles that most easily cramp while doing exercises. Do a few stretching moves for your hamstrings when you are going to do exercises that will involve your hams. In fact I would suggest you to do a full body stretch before and after your workout to prevent injury. It takes a total of 10 minutes but keeps you safe.
Warm-up and hydration –Do a little bit of warm-up exercises like jumping jacks or lateral hops or rotator cuff movement after pre workout stretching and before you start the actual routine. It will prepare your body for the workout, Read about them here.
Also keep yourself hydrated all the time. Drink almost half a litre of water half an hour before going to the gym and while working out, keep sipping small amounts after sometime.
Dry muscles are the main reasons for sudden cramps and fatigue that many people experience while working out.
So ladies, these were few tips which if incorporated reduces the risk of injury while working out.
Stay strong 🙂
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