It’s that time of year again when many of us ramp up our exercise regime in pursuit of the perfect beach body. If you’re planning to hit the gym more frequently, or you’re working out at home, it’s important that you understand how to use the equipment safely. If you have your saddle too high on an exercise bike, for example, you’re likely to be uncomfortable, and there’s an increased risk of injury.
What are the dangers of having your saddle too high on an exercise bike?
Many of us use machines like treadmills and exercise bikes to get fit. If you’ve got gym equipment at home or you like to workout at a local gym on a regular basis, it’s essential to use the machines properly. If you don’t, you’ll put yourself at risk of injury and you won’t get as much out of your workouts. Whether you haven’t had an induction or you’re using a machine for the first time, ask a trainer for advice or book an induction so that you can learn to use every piece of equipment in the gym safely. If you have your saddle too high on an exercise bike or you don’t know how to use a cross-trainer, you can end up with injuries.
When the saddle is too high, you’ll be stretching to reach the pedals, and this can affect your technique and increase the risk of gym injuries. If you’re unsure what to do, it’s always best to ask for advice. It’s also important to adjust the machine before you use it. The person who used it before you may be much shorter or taller or they may have wanted to lift much heavier or lighter weights.
Staying safe at the gym
If you’re going to the gym, take these tips on board to reduce the risk of injuries:
- Always warm up and cool down
- Know your limits
- Use the correct technique
- Seek advice if you’re unsure about how to use machinery
- Stay hydrated
- Wear suitable footwear to prevent slips, trips and falls
If you have been injured at the gym or you’ve sustained exercise bike injuries, you may have a case for compensation. If you can prove that you were injured on an exercise bike through no fault of your own, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find about more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for exercise bike injury compensation.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice