Our Commit to Fit personal training package will be available until October 31st!
You can measure your grip strength using a dynamometer. Knowing and understanding your grip strength is important as it gives you information about your upper body strength – lower scores, for instance tend to mean a weaker upper body.
A strong grip is important as it makes aspects of your daily life (opening jars and containers, walking the dog, etc.) easier and it is essential for certain sporting activities (i.e. rock climbing, golf, etc.).Typically, grip strength will improve with improvements to upper body strength.
To learn more about how you can work on improving your grip strength – or to measure your grip strength – talk to your personal trainer.
While we can’t always prevent injuries in everyday life, there are many ways in which we can reduce chances of injury when it comes to our workout program:
- Don’t ignore warning signs. It’s imperative that you listen to your body. While some degree of discomfort during and following your training session is completely normal, pain is typically a sign that you have – or soon will have – injured yourself.
- Identify and recognize your limits. While pushing your body beyond its comfort zone is necessary to improve your health and fitness, it is important to be aware of your body’s limitations. Pushing yourself beyond what your body can do is a sure-fire way to hurt yourself.
- Establish and exercise within a safe environment. Set yourself up for success by ensuring your surroundings provide a safe place for exercise. For instance, you should avoid slippery surfaces, ensure equipment is properly stored when not in use and always wear proper (activity-specific) footwear.
- Plan and TAKE recovery days. Your body needs time to recover and adapt to your exercise program, particularly for high-intensity programs. Talk to your trainer to learn more about an appropriate recovery period with respect to your workout program.
Our Commit to Fit personal training package will be available until the end of this month!
Think about it, what can you accomplish – say four months from now – if you start right now? How can you get started on your journey to optimal health and fitness?
- Make a plan: For many people, a solid plan is required to ensure a routine can be achieved. Plan your workouts and meal preparation for days when you know you have, or can make, the time to commit yourself.
- Keep up your energy: Do you feel your energy beginning to wane? Set yourself up for success by ensuring you bring up your energy with a pre-workout snack that gives you the energy you need to get through your workout.
- Be positive: Thinking negative thoughts like “I don’t feel like it anymore” will make it that much easier for you to quit and ultimately fail. Be sure to focus on positive thoughts like how great you’ll feel when you’ve finished a great workout.
- Consult the experts: When looking for guidance, make sure to speak with someone with experience and a degree in a health and fitness field. Be cautious following advice from self-proclaimed professionals because you risk receiving flawed information which could be detrimental to your health.