How to Prevent Injury While Exercising at Home

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Published: December 16, 2020

There is no doubt that workouts, when done right, bring a lot of benefits for our health, as well as our physique. And that is something you constantly hear about. But what you aren’t so likely to hear about is the potential of injuring yourself while performing pretty much any exercise. It’s hard to imagine that you are just one twist away from hurting your spine or knees. But that’s the reality. That being said, it’s clear that you have to do everything in your power to prevent injury while exercising at home. The question that remains is what can you do in order to maximize your workouts and make them as safe as possible. Well, we are glad you asked.

Five best ways to prevent injury while exercising at home

If for some reason you aren’t keen on working out with female or male fitness trainers in your local gym, then you have no other choice but to exercise at home. A workout done in the comfort of your own home can be just as successful as a workout done in the gym. But only if you pay attention to the following five things we are about to list.

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1. Ask for help from the very start

There are many different reasons why people don’t feel like going to the gym. And that is perfectly fine because as long as you have enough will, you can still get a good workout even from the comfort of your home. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you still need someone to show you the ropes. Especially if you are at the very start of your fitness journey. So unless you already live with a personal trainer Dubai at home, we suggest you find someone to help you out.

You don’t have to work out with a trainer every single time. You can find a male or a female personal trainer (whoever you feel most comfortable with) and ask them to show you a few exercises that will be in accordance with your goals and body type, as well as show you that what matters most – the correct form. In fact, you can only get their assistance for those first few exercises you do at home. After that, you can use that knowledge they provided you with.

2. Personalize your routine in order to prevent injury while exercising at home

In case you didn’t have an opportunity to hire a personal trainer to show you the ropes, then you probably decided to follow a routine you saw on YouTube or in some magazine. The problem with a set routine is that it wasn’t made for you. It was made for someone who might be physically more prepared than you. It is for that reason that you should personalize a routine to fit your needs. You can switch up the exercises, do fewer sets, or take longer breaks. In other words, do whatever feels right. Do not do what someone else who you have never seen is telling you to do.

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A variation of an exercise might be a better fit for you. There is no shame in it.

3. Mix up your routine

In case you are new to the fitness world and have never worked out with a personal trainer, then there is a good chance you aren’t aware of the fact that you should have diversity in your routine. One of the worst mistakes people make is training the same group of muscles every single day. Your muscles need time to recover, which is why you should never do the same exercise on a day to day basis.

What you should do is focus your time and attention on different types of exercises. Not only will you manage to prevent an injury while working out but you will also get a perfectly sculpted body – not just an area of your body. And you can’t tell us that that perfectly symmetrical look isn’t one of your main goals.

4. Don’t ignore any type of pain

We’ve all heard of the saying ‘no pain, no gain’. But in the fitness world, this isn’t a motto that should be guiding you. The truth is that strength-building exercises shouldn’t be causing you pain. And if an exercise is being painful then you are either not doing it correctly, or it’s just not agreeing with you. Either way, if you want to prevent injuries from working out, you need to stop as soon as you feel that first twinge of pain. Don’t try to be the hero by pushing through it. It will do you more harm than good down the line.

5. Give your body plenty of time to rest

There are only a few things in life that are as important for our health as a good night’s sleep. In order for your body and muscles to recover from a strenuous activity, they need to be properly fed, hydrated, and rested. So apart from eating a nutritious diet and making sure you get plenty of water, you also need to ensure you are getting between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. That sure sounds like a lot of time for an average person in the 21st century. But trust us – your body will be thankful you are doing what’s best for it.

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There is nothing more enjoyable or better than getting a good night’s sleep.

In the end, whether or not you manage to prevent injury while exercising at home is something that mostly depends on you. It’s true that, sometimes, you can get injured even after taking all the necessary measures of precaution. But it’s also true that your chances are that much lower if you do everything by the books. Considering the fact that you have plenty to gain and nothing to lose, it goes without saying that you should make an effort to follow at least some of the things we have listed here.

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