Exercise Right: Preventing Exercise Related Injury Through Stretching

Preventing exercise related injuries is easy if you learn how to exercise the right way.

When you look around your local gym, you can see many people exercising in different ways. If you look closer, you will notice a few people working out the right way and almost everyone else working out an unhealthy way. For most people, they believe in a "no pain, no gain" philosophy. If their bodies are not sore the next day, then they did not work out hard enough or long enough. Exercise enthusiasts believe this because they are misinformed, or not informed at all. They get their information and training from watching and speaking to others in the gym who are, more than likely, also working out the wrong way.

When working out incorrectly, it is very likely that you will injure some part of your body. By taking the time to properly learn how to work out with weights and without, you are actually preventing an exercise related injury.

WEIGHTS-- DO NOT...

1. throw the weights down. If you feel that you need to, then you are using too much weight.



2. use your back to lift the weights. If you notice that it keeps happening, lower the amount of weight you are trying to lift or get a spotter to help.

3. throw the weights up and down. Use a controlled, fluid motion counting three seconds up and three seconds down with a pause in between.

4. leave the weights around. Someone else can be injured putting them away because they are too heavy for them.

WEIGHTS-- DO...

1. use a spotter for increased weight.

2. control your movements.

3. bend your legs to carry the brunt of the weight.

4. increase weight slowly giving yourself and your body about one to two weeks to adjust.

AEROBICS-- DO NOT...

1. throw yourself around. Control your movements.

2. jump in without warming up.

3. just stop without cooling down.

4. stretch before warming up. You are stretching cold muscles that can tear easily.

AEROBICS--DO...

1. warm up and cool down at each workout.

2. stretch after exercising, not before.

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