Avoid These 10 Exercise Mistakes

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ACE, America's Authority on Fitness, shares the following mistakes commonly made in the gym and offers tips to help individuals stay safe during their workout.

1. Not stretching enough: Stretch immediately following an aerobic activity while your muscles are warm and pliable to prevent injuries.

2. Lifting too much weight: Never lift more than your muscles can handle. Gradual, progressive resistance is a far more effective -and safe - way to increase muscle strength.

3. Not warming up prior to activity: Muscles need time to adjust to the new demands aerobic activity places on them. Start slowly and gradually increase intensity.

4. Not cooling down after any type of workout: Take a few minutes to lower your heart rate and stretch your muscles. This improves flexibility and helps prepare the body for your next workout.

5. Exercising too intensely: It's more effective to sustain a moderate workout for longer periods of time than to exercise intensely for only a few minutes.

6. Not drinking enough water: Don't wait until you’re thirsty to drink water - you're already on your way to dehydration. Keep a water bottle close at hand during exercise and throughout the day.

7. Leaning heavily on a stairstepper: Leaning on the stairstepper is hard on both the wrists and the back. Lower the intensity to the point at which you can maintain good posture while lightly resting your hands on the rails for balance.

8. Not exercising intensely enough: Exercise intensely enough to work up a light sweat and get your heart beating in your training zone.

9. Jerking while lifting weights: When you have to jerk the weight, it's likely you're jerking other muscles as well. This can lead to strain and injury, with the muscles of the back being particularly vulnerable. Control the weight, don't let it control you.

10. Consuming energy bars and sports drinks during moderate workouts: Unless you're working out for longer than two hours per day, you don't need to supplement with high-energy bars and drinks. (High-energy is often a code word for high-calorie.)

Keep these in mind and have a safe and healthy workout every day.
- Coach Jenn of PersonalFitCoach.com

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  1. Erin Tales said...

    I keep my stainless steel EarthLust (www.earthlust.com) bottle with me when I work out! Lots of water consumed during that 1+ hours!

  2. smilinggreenmom said...

    Okay- I really should have read this post before I commented on your last one! This gives some great ideas for my sore muscles! I do love and will continue to use my natural pain cream from Topricin, but I always know that it is important to do exercises correctly to avoid injury. Thanks.

  3. Kristine said...

    When I was a teen, they taught us to stretch PRIOR to working out... I find so many people still do it in that order, but the current advice (as #1 says) is the opposite -- do it after your muscles have had a chance to warm up. Great job highlighting that here.

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