6 Potential Risks to Look Out For Before Beginning Your Workout

Potential Risk #1: Inadequate protective gear/equipment malfunction

Wear appropriate protective gear including proper shoes for your activity and replace

them before they wear out. Make sure to wear protective equipment during training, like

certain kinds of rigorous training may need helmets and gloves. Make sure your workout

equipment is well maintained and not malfunctioning in any way. Besides you, there

are scores of people visiting your gym or workout center. Long term and frequent use

can cause wear and tear to the equipment, leading to malfunction. If you happen to

observe any fraying cables or any workout equipment that is not functioning as it is

supposed to, report the issue to the gym staff.

Potential Risk #2: Selecting the wrong kind of exercises

Not all exercises are beneficial. Some may end up causing harm and long term damage

if you are not careful. To know if any exercise is safe, you need to consider the

technique that it involves and the load, as well as your own personal background and

history, such as any earlier injuries. You also need to take into account your current

fitness level before beginning a workout.

Potential Risk #3: Over-Exercising

Been hearing statements such as “No pain, No gain” or “It’s not a good workout unless

you’re sore the next day”?

They’re just myths so don’t go by them anymore. You should in fact avoid or alter any

exercise/activity that causes severe pain or discomfort. As per certified experts,

soreness may occur anytime between 24 hours to three days after the activity, not

necessarily on the next day. You may start to feel less sore as your body slowly adapts

to the workouts and learns to spread the workload across muscle fibers more effectively

but don’t push yourself so hard that you end up doing damage to yourself. Allow your

body to get used to the activity pattern gradually before you take on more grueling

workouts.

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Potential Risk #4: Poorly qualified or unqualified staff

Ensure that the trainers at the gym or workout center you visit have a degree or

certificate qualifying them. If you don’t want to ask upfront, you can discreetly make

enquiries before enrolling. Many small scale gyms end up hiring instructors with

minimal, outdated, or zero qualifications. Merely having a strong physique isn’t enough

to train someone else. He/she may need to know a lot about muscles, endurance,

thresholds, and which exercise can suit what kind of person.

Potential Risk #5: Injuries and Falls

Be extra careful when moving about in a gym or workout center. Tripping over dumb

bells, spraining your ankle while attempting to try some outrageous activity, or slipping

in the shower – there are many possibilities that can be avoided if you just take more

care and stay alert.

Potential Risk #6: Infections

Used towels in shower rooms, weights, floor mats, benches, and bike seats of exercise

bikes can all be thriving spots for bacteria and germs. Employ simple tips like avoiding

used towels, using hand sanitizers often, and protect any cuts or open wounds before

beginning any physical activity, to avoid chances of skin infections.

That said, don’t let these risks demoralize you or take away the enthusiasm to be fit.

Just remember to look out for these and stay alert. There’s nothing that can boost

confidence and morale like a fit and toned body. And what’s more, you can have fun

while you go about becoming fit! Shopping for gym gear, equipment, choosing your gym

playlist, making new friends at the gym – there are so many good things waiting to

happen in this journey.

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