ADVERTISEMENT

5 common injuries for gym newbies & how to dodge them

Getting started at the gym can be an exciting journey towards a healthier lifestyle, but it’s important to be aware of potential injuries that can occur

Man experiencing post work out pain

Stepping into the gym for the first time can feel like venturing into a jungle of weights and cardio machines.

While the promise of a fitter, healthier you is exciting, it's easy to stumble into common pitfalls that could lead to injuries.

Fear not! We've got you covered with a guide to common gym injuries among first-timers and tips to avoid them, ensuring your fitness journey is safe and enjoyable.

ADVERTISEMENT

What's the deal? Muscle strains, or pulled muscles, top the list of gym-related woes. Overzealous newbies often push too hard, too fast, leading to strains typically in the back, shoulders, and hamstrings.

Start slow and steady. Warm up before diving into your workout and focus on proper form. Gradually increase the intensity and weight of your exercises over time.

What's the deal? The treadmill is a magnet for newcomers aiming to shed pounds. However, distractions or incorrect use can lead to trips, falls, and even serious injuries.

Begin with a slow pace to get the hang of the machine's functionality. Avoid looking around or fiddling with your phone. Concentrate on your steps, and don't step off a moving treadmill.

ADVERTISEMENT

What's the deal? Exercises like bench presses or overhead lifts can strain the shoulder muscles and rotator cuff, especially if you're lifting more weight than your body is ready for.

Embrace the motto "form overweight." Ensure you're performing exercises correctly before adding extra pounds. Consider working with a trainer to get your technique right.

ADVERTISEMENT

What's the deal? Squats and lunges are fantastic for leg strength but done improperly, they can wreak havoc on your knees.

Keep your knees aligned with your toes during these exercises and don't let your knees extend beyond your toes. Also, invest in good shoes that provide adequate support.

What's the deal? Lifting weights or performing exercises that put pressure on your wrists can lead to strains, especially if your wrists aren't used to the stress.

ADVERTISEMENT

Strengthen and stretch your wrists with specific exercises. Use wrist wraps for extra support during heavy lifts and ensure your wrist position is neutral to avoid undue strain.

This content was generated by an AI model and verified by the author

Enhance Your Pulse News Experience!

Get rewards worth up to $20 when selected to participate in our exclusive focus group. Your input will help us to make informed decisions that align with your needs and preferences.

I've got feedback!

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Top 5 most expensive paintings ever sold

When does old age actually begin? Scientists have an answer — it's not 30

When does old age actually begin? Scientists have an answer — it's not 30

The early signs of labour every woman should know

The early signs of labour every woman should know

How parents, teachers can recognise when a child is being bullied

How parents, teachers can recognise when a child is being bullied

Here's why exotic animals should never be kept as pets

Here's why exotic animals should never be kept as pets

7 most prominent industries in Nigeria that contribute to the country's wealth

7 most prominent industries in Nigeria that contribute to the country's wealth

How to deal with bullies and protect yourself

How to deal with bullies and protect yourself

These are 3 reasons houseflies love mangoes and here are 7 ways to keep them away

These are 3 reasons houseflies love mangoes and here are 7 ways to keep them away

5 ways chamomile tea enhances your sexual health

5 ways chamomile tea enhances your sexual health

Okin biscuits and 9 other snacks millennials loved as children

Okin biscuits and 9 other snacks millennials loved as children

10 classy ways to eat mango

10 classy ways to eat mango

What to know about the pros and cons of using pregnancy test strips

What to know about the pros and cons of using pregnancy test strips

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT