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Proper Use of Gym Equipment

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Posted By Laurel S.

Taking good care of your physical health is as popular as ever and getting into a good fitness or exercise routine is part of the new lifestyle. In fact, exercising 3 to 4 times a week for 30 minutes can drastically reduce the risks of common ailments such as heart disease and diabetes.

Before starting, it is important to know your equipment that you will be using and how to use it safely. Overuse and misuse of exercise equipment results in the majority of injuries reported at gyms. If you are planning to make use of a space in your house for a home gym, then it means you have the added responsibility of buying the proper exercise equipment depending on your routine. Make sure that before you actually purchase anything, you are able to test it first. Once you have it home and assembled, make sure it is stable and the screws and nuts are all in place and secured tightly. If during use, the machine rattles or does not work smoothly, stop using it and check over the machine to determine and correct the problem.

In addition to protecting yourself from injury, remember others who live in your household too, like children and pets. To protect them, make sure that any electrical cords associated with the machines are in good repair and not frayed. Cover any cords with a protective sleeve, and unplug any equipment when not being used.

When exercising, make sure to start slow, especially if you have not been doing much physical activity up to this point. Not only should you start slowly, so should the machine. Start your workout on any equipment at the lowest possible setting or at the least resistance offered. This will allow you to not only work out at a low pace and gradually increase the activity; it will also allow you to get use to how the machine works. Once you are comfortable with the level of effort in your workout, then after about a week, raise your activity level by approximately 10% and so on for each week afterwards while making sure to give you body enough adjustment time before the next increase in activity.

When you use gym equipment, it is important to properly maintain the machines. Check for loose screws and bolts. Checking the cables or any tension rods for wear, splits or breakage, should be part of the routine. Using the machines requires that you use the proper posture and methods of positioning in order to not get hurt or damage the mechanics of the equipment.

Bargains on used or new exercise equipment can be tempting, but make sure it is actually a deal. Many injuries occur from people buying exercise machines that did not have all the parts in proper working order, or were too big or small for the person using it. As well, parts needed to adjust it may be lost by the person selling it. Make sure the machine is not only in good working order, but is made from good quality materials that can withstand a workout more than once or twice before parts break or wear out.

Regardless of where you exercise, home or the gym, take care of yourself by remaining hydrated during the workout. If you do not replenish your fluids during your exercise routine you can easily dehydrate, leaving you feeling lightheaded and dizzy. Pay attention to what your body is feeling and telling you, and then respond accordingly.

In general, most people do not think about safety issues when exercising, especially when it pertains to the use of the machines used to help enhance the workout. It is important to remember that your work should be done efficiently, not only for your health, but also for your safety.

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