Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Fitness Specialist. This is part two of our blog series about tips for exercising safely and without injury. Last time, we talked about stretching, an important pre-workout routine; not overdoing it by planning out each exercise carefully; and performing exercises correctly to prevent injury and boost productivity.
Although we could probably create an endless list of things you can be doing to make your workouts safer, we’re just covering a few of the ones we deem the most important. Keep reading to learn about several more of these tips and contact Fitness Specialist if you have any questions about starting your own in-home gym in Amarillo, Texas.
Drink Plenty of Water
Have you ever had those days where you get to the gym and you’re just not feeling it? Chances are, you haven’t been drinking enough water. Far too many Americans drink less than the recommended water intake for a day which is around two liters or eight 8-ounce glasses according to Healthline. But many people aren’t consistent with their water intake. Some days they might drink the recommended amount but then the next, they’ll hardly drink any. Or even worse, start consuming a lot of water right before a workout to make up for poor water intake throughout the day.
These are bad habits to get into especially for your exercise routine. Your body needs time to process the water and let it rehydrate your body, so drinking a lot of water right before exercising is doing little more than keeping your mouth wet. You may feel normal because you’re not thirsty anymore, but your performance will suffer as a result. If you’re exercising outside, this is even more important due to the hot summer weather we’re experiencing.
Listen To Your Body
It’s a great feeling getting into an exercise routine that works for you. But if you feel sick or pain at any point due to overworking, don’t be afraid to take a day off. When this happens, it’s usually an indication that our bodies need a day or two to recuperate before continuing with the same routine.
Some people may fear that losing a day or two of training will lead to muscle loss and therefore put them way behind on their workout routine. However, according to Livestrong.com, significant muscle loss doesn’t start to occur until around two weeks after a workout. That doesn’t mean you should only workout once every two weeks though, it simply means that you have some breathing room if you’re feeling sick or sustain an injury.
Visit A Chiropractor
For many of us, leg or back pain is one of the biggest nightmares, especially for people who are serious about maintaining their exercise routine. Visiting a chiropractor once a month or when we’re experiencing muscle or joint pain can be one of the best things we do for ourselves. Chiropractors can also help with stress relief, posture improvement, and improving sleep.
Visit Fitness Specialist
Fitness Specialist is your all-in-one online store for both residential and commercial fitness equipment. We have everything you need to get your own gym started like treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, benches, racks, free weights, and other accessories. In-home gyms, in the long run, are a far more affordable option than monthly or yearly public gym memberships. You’ll also have the benefit of being able to work out in your own home without having to make a trip to the gym every day. If you have any questions for us, be sure to contact us.