Whether you are just starting out on a fitness routine, or are an old hand, anyone can make mistakes during a workout. Sometimes these missteps can disrupt a training regime, recovery and even affect muscle strength. It is important to pay attention to what your body is doing, as well as watching out for potential workout hazards that can detour your progress, put you at risk for injuries, or even damage your muscles/bones.
Today’s blog topic is going to examine what are common workout mistakes, and how to avoid them.
- Not Understanding the Relationship of Body Parts
If your back is tight, did you know that this tension may originate in your hips or glutes? That knee pain may be originating in your hamstring? Knowing how your different body parts interact with each other can eliminate the possibility of pain and/or injury.
- Not Letting Your Body Rest / Recover
It is super important to take the time to let your body recover through proper cool down, and some stretching and other recovery techniques. Compression gear can help with recovery as it increases body circulation, as well as eliminating lactic acid build up that create sore muscles.
- Starting New Activities Too Fast
Sure, you’re a pro at spin class, but you may not know the proper weightlifting techniques. Start out slowing, and if possible use a trainer or instructor when starting a new sport or fitness routine. Your body isn’t used to those new movements and can become overwhelmed.
- Having the Strength But Not the Flexibility
If your body doesn’t have the proper range of motions (flexibility), and you try to force it, your body will deviate and can become injured. It is advised that you work toward increased flexibility, as this is an important fitness aspect.
- Ignoring the Importance of Proper Technique
Many people get wrapped up in the intensity of the workout and stop working on proper form and technique. And this is exactly how so many people get injured. When you repeat bad form/technique, you will get hurt.
- Not Taking Care of Your Knees
Your knees require special care and attention. This goes to making sure you are performing any knee-related activity correctly — from running to squats and lunges and all the similar exercise.
- Ignoring an Injury
Ignoring any injury can lead to far worse issues. While you may want to just ignore the pain and continue on with your workout, you can pretty much be assured that you are doing far more damage than you think. Rest and/or check with a doctor.
- Working Out Too Much
Many think that overtraining will make us perform better. However, overtraining can lead to hazards including inflammation, slow recovery and more, such as actually weakening muscles and thinning bones.
At ZeroPoint Compression, we create all of our compression gear with the athlete in mind — from the recreational one to the pros. And we understand how important avoiding what are common workout mistakes. If you want to know more about how our compression gear can help your workouts, please just contact us!