Group workouts are a great way to make some friends, push and challenge ourselves in ways we didn’t think were possible! But being in tune with your body and its limits are also key to progressing in your training. Injury prevention is easier to manage than recovering from an injury so use the tips outlined here to help you train safer and smarter!
Here are five steps to help you reduce your chances of an injury:
- Warm up
Launching straight into an intense workout without warming up your muscles and joints is an easy way to get injured. It might seem like a simple step, but it’s important to remember to ease into your workout. Factor at least 5 minutes of warmup time in before you begin to help minimize the chance of pulling or straining a muscle, sprains and joint injuries.
- Find your support system:
Be it your trainer or a workout buddy, having someone there to help you stay in top form will also help you to avoid injury. Employing a buddy system to assist you on those heavier moves, is best practice and ensures you stay safe.
- Practice good form:
One of the keys to injury prevention while working out is practicing good form. If you get your technique down and move well, your risk of picking up potentially damaging habits reduces. It can also be easy to get caught up in competitiveness, but instead, remain focused on your form. It will enhance your performance in the long run.
- Maintain body awareness:
Listening to your body’s limits is also key to preventing injury. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses, talking and working with your coach and learning when to push yourself or pullback will help you adjust your workout to best fit your needs.
- Post workout recovery:
Movement is a big part of ensuring your body can recover. Take the time to ease out of your workout by gradually cooling down. Always take a minimum of five minutes to cool down and stretch out after you’ve finished a workout.
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