How To Avoid Injury At The Gym
This is one of the very serious matters that need to be addressed. We all start to work out to be fit but sometimes because of lack of awareness, knowledge, and guidance, end up creating problems for ourselves by injuring our body parts.
There are few precautions that we can take and stay away from injuries. I have learned these things over time and have applied on myself, and have been successful in staying away from injuries.
I will start with what body parts are most prone to injury while working out and what are preventive measures you could take to prevent these.
Body Parts Prone to Injury
1) Knee joint
4) Lower back
5) Shoulder Joints
Accessories To Prevent Injury
I will list some mandatory as well as some optional accessories that help you avoid injuries. I have learned it from my own experience. Although I have never had any serious injuries, I have faced a few minor ones but was able to recover very fast.
Sport Shoes (Mandatory) – Never do exercises in flat shoes or slippers (especially the ones that have a very thin base). You must wear sport shoes that have good cushion and are flexible, made especially for this purpose. These shoes for sure are expensive but long lasting too. Plus health is always more important than money. If you break or rupture a tendon or joint, you will end up paying multiple times of what you have saved in ordinary shoes.
Among the two shoes shown above, I prefer the one on the left. Wearing good shoes will protect your heels, ankles and tendons. If you are not sure how to choose sports shoes for your kind of workout, read here.
Knee cap support (optional) – Your knees are under pressure while doing exercises like jumping or running. Also if you do exercises like deep squats or deep lunges with decent/heavy weights. People who have had prior injuries are advised to use a knee cap support to protect their joints.
Ankle Support (optional):- I have heard many girls complaining about pain in ankles. If you have had prior injuries in ankles, you could buy a pair of ankle support, these are really helpful
Try to buy light ones so that it can be accommodated in your shoes.
Heel support (optional):- A pair of silicone gel cushion that is soft, fits easily in your shoes and relaxes your heels while running, squatting, deadlifting etc. If you feel pain in your heels, I would recommend you use these.
Gym belt (optional):- People having problems with lower back may use this. Helps prevent problems like slipped discs. Although if you are doing free weight exercises then you may not need it.
I prefer the ones on the left because they are lightweight and easily adjustable.
These are few types of equipment to avoid injury at the gym. In the next post, I will discuss the precautions to be taken while doing few popular exercises.