4 Totally avoidable gym mistakes

Trainers tell us that even the most experienced gym-goers quit because of a mistake that sent them to the doctor′s office

Once you′re hooked to gymming, the adrenaline rush will probably keep you coming back. But it may push you to make some completely avoidable mistakes. Here, trainers weigh in on how to avoid injury and achieve your target.

Mistake #1

Sticking just to the gym for

overall goals

"Overall wellness should be the entire objective of going to the gym," says Mustafa Ahmed, fitness trainer and co-founder of AKRO in Mumbai. He adds, "Don′t be driven by the aesthetics of the gym. Go into the outdoors ? that′s what our body was created to do. We need to make our body work as a machine and not on a machine. Ask yourself how you feel and not how you look. I know people who have great abs but can′t perform a simple task of strength. They are like a house of cards; they have zero stamina."

Mistake #2

Not asking the right questions

Ahmed urges gym-goers, especially first-timers, to ask a lot of questions about the exercises the trainer is pushing them to do and their impact on the body. Additionally, he says, "People need to start talking about the nutritional requirement of the body and the right choice of food for them. But, before you begin your training, check the certification and experience of the trainer you′ll be trusting your body with."

Mistake #3

Treating your body as parts

"We join the gym to get fit and that′s a mistake. Have you ever thought about whether you are fit enough to join a gym itself? Is your body ready to start with even a beginner′s regimen?" asks Neha Kumar, a physiotherapist at Prohealth Asia, in Delhi. She suggests, "Start with walking, cycling, breathing exercises. These are small movements that will make you more aware of your body and help you identify problem areas." It is easier to make an assessment this way without having to visit the doctor later on. Even the simplest of exercises, such as walking on the treadmill, if done incorrectly, can lead to tibial stress syndrome, shoulder injuries, back spasms, muscle pulls, ankle sprains and a twisted back and knee. She adds, "Set a short-term goal and a long-term goal for yourself. Ask yourself whether you want to lose weight, become a runner or a swimmer?" Don′t tell yourself you want a flat stomach ? the body doesn′t work like that.

Mistake #4

Going by appearances

"Emulating the best-looking person in the gym and indulging in unsupervised gymming are the most common gymming mistakes that I see," says Dr Raju Easwaran, a joint replacement surgeon in Delhi. "A lot of people only do crunches to get a desirable upper body or only work out their legs. They forget about the back, which eventually leads to back pain. A faulty body posture can lead to joint issues in the long run." If you work on a good form, your chances of injuries are reduced considerably. Dr Easwaran advises, "Rome wasn′t built in a day, so one needs to remember that it will take time to get where you want to get."

Most Read

★A Beginners Guide to Sun Salutations

★This Yoga Flow Will Instantly Boost Your Mood

★Can Eating Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

★Losing Weight in Hot Weather Made Easy

★Eating cheese does not raise cholesterol, study finds

★15 Powerful Asanas of Yoga to Reduce Belly Fat

★Legumes, nuts and kale can help you get big muscles

★Manage oily skin in winters with these steps

★Outdoor Activities to Lose Weight

★WHO says strawberries may not be so safe for you

★Is there a way to combat greying?

★Could laser hair removal give you CANCER?

★Those who consume fruit and vegetables have a 40% lower risk of an incurable lung disease

★5 Ways to Dry Herbs

★Top 10 Fruits To Eat To Lose Weight Quickly

★Flex Your Memory Muscle

★10 Signs You are Obsessing About Your Weight

★Face Open Pores

★10 Weight Loss Tips to Make Things Easier (and Faster)

★The health benefits of popular foods

★5 Effective Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas To Increase Height

★Breakthrough drug restores more than 90% of lost hair in most patients

★Best and Worst Drinks for Weight Loss

★5 Dairy-Free Cheese Options Worth Trying

★The tangy taste of Banaras

★What dangers are hidden in your pillow?

★Top Natural Body Care Tips for Women

★Vitamin reverses aging in organs and muscles

★Yoga Heals More than Just Your Body

★Top Fitness Stars Share Their Most Common Workout Habits

★Know why milk should be a part of your beauty regimen

★Top 5 foods for glowing skin

★3 Must Try Face Yoga Exercises For Glowing Face

★8 Practical Tips to Lose Weight Without Dieting

★Growing Propagating and Using Aloe Vera

★How mood and eating behaviour are connected

★Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads on Face and Nose

★Take care of your coloured hair with Wella

★Soda, pizza and salty food up liver disease in kids: Study

★How your make-up bag could wreck your health

★The Benefits of Yoga Beyond Flexibility

★Stop Lusting For a Radiant Skin Possess it with the Help of Super Foods

★Acne sufferers likely to live longer than people with flawless skin

★Dairy and vitamin D supplements protect against bone loss

★Learn How To Do Pearl Facial At Home To Get Naturally Glowing Skin Instantly

★12 Benefits of Hair Spa Treatment

★Healthy eating

★Wash Your Face with Oil

★10 Ways To Use Sesame Oil For Beautiful Skin

★Eat more fruit and veg for a longer life

©2019-2020 All rights reserved. shapesnfitness.com