It’s always a great idea to stay in shape, and modern day gyms are equipped with all the necessary tools for a swift and fulfilling workout. However, the joining the gym is not without its dangers, with many of the facilities actually unsafe in the wrong hands and some possessing the potential for slips, trips and falls, as well as strains and injury.
How do I avoid gym-related problems?
Any exercise can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken; and the nature of a gym can raise many issues that are less likely to occur in everyday life. Follow our guide to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe session:
- Pay Attention – Almost every gym will require you to undergo an induction. This consists of being shown around the facilities by a member of staff or instructor who will warn you of dangers and teach you how to use equipment effectively and safely. Although this may seem a bit boring it’s very important to take in the information before you personally use the equipment. Always remember that if you are unsure of anything, members of staff are at hand to help you avoid slips, trips and accidents at the gym.
- Dress Appropriately – With a wide range of gym gear available for all budgets there is no excuse not to be kitted out for your session. Running shoes are key in minimising the risk of gym-related falls, while specialist equipment may be needed for a more vigorous workout. Also, make sure that laces and long hair are properly dealt with to avoid any dangerous tangles with equipment.
- Know your Limits – Not everybody can walk straight into a gym and conduct a strenuous workout. Personal fitness requires preparation and time, so it may be necessary to start slow and build up to your desired level. A failure to do so can result in gym-related injury or discomfort.
- Hydrate – As you work your body loses fluid as sweat. It’s always important to replenish this both during and after your workout to avoid any problems. Always keep some fresh water at hand and take regular breaks to take this on board – or your visit to the gym may end in the local hospital or doctor’s surgery.
The gym is a great way to keep in shape and let off steam. Of course there are dangers, but by following our guidelines you will be fit and energetic whilst staying safe.