While you may not have complete control over everything that goes on in your life, there are many ways in which you can prevent injuries from occurring when it comes to your exercise program:
- Listen to your body. Don’t ignore your body’s warning signs. While some degree of discomfort during and following your training session is normal, pain is typically a sign that you have – or soon will have – injured yourself.
- Know your limits. Pushing your body beyond its comfort zone is necessary to improve your health and fitness; however, 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.
- Create and work 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 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.
While injuries are common when starting a fitness program, research has shown that working with a personal trainer not only generates results more quickly and efficiently but also with fewer injuries than training alone.