When you work out you allow your muscles to overload themselves beyond their normal capacity. By over-exerting your muscles you expose them to potential harm from either over extension, ripping or tearing of the muscle fibers, and general harm heavy equipment.
You should always work on your flexibility, but the advice generally differs about when you should work on it. Some studies have found that stretching before an exercise will increase the likelihood of injury because it loosens the muscles up too much. Other studies have found that muscles react better to a small amount of stretching beforehand. Though the benefits of stretching are debatable, most trainers advise that you stretch a little to warm up your muscles.
Your neck is a delicate muscle. Straining or pulling your neck can result in being incapacitated for weeks. When doing exercises like sit-ups or crunches, be sure not to overextend your neck while curling your torso. This is a general mistake made by many beginners. This applies for other exercises, but the main incidence of neck damage is due to abdominal work outs. When doing these exercises pick a point on the ceiling to stare at and isolate your neck from curling.
Always use the correct footwear when working out. Weight lifting shoes provide balance and stability, while running shoes help you to run based on the curvature of the sole. Mixing these up can either result in dropping heavy weights or developing sore feet at the end of the day.
Your back is an important muscle to keep a watch of as well. Exercises like dead-lifts are infamous for causing back trouble, especially if you decide to up your weight-class or haven’t tried dead-lifting before. Wear a weight belt when performing heavy back-exercises, it’ll pay off in the end.
You can’t work out without energy. Going to the gym before you’ve eaten is great if you want to have a lackluster work out and minimal results to muscle growth. Even if your overall goal is to lose weight, you should always eat some carbohydrates and get some water in you before you work out. This avoids the classic exhaustion and dehydration effects of a bad diet.
Steroids are generally harmful for your health and sometimes produce only temporary effects. Steroid users adapt to the elevated testosterone levels and consequently, when they stop taking the muscle enhancer, lose a lot of their muscle gains and develop an estrogen influx.
It’s important to have a strong core because you utilize that muscle in a lot of day to day activities. You should always try to strengthen your entire body, and this can be helped by doing compound exercises like squats.
Injuries can hurt you both with your gains and your long term goals. If you work out too quickly in the beginning of your regimen you stand the risk of becoming incapacitated by your injury. By avoiding the trouble exercises and practicing rational fitness techniques you should be able to keep yourself out of bed.