Getting to the gym every day is one thing, but knowing what you’re doing once you get there can be even more of a challenge.
It’s wellness Wednesday, and Emily Medalen gives us some tips on how to stay injury-free while working up a sweat.
There are so many things that can go wrong in gyms – simply because often, we are pushing our body to it’s limits.
I talked to some trainers at the Y about why safety in the gym is so important.
We exercise to improve our health – but many risks come with spending time at the gym.
“In a facility like this, unfortunately, major medical emergencies are going to happen,” says Tim Olson, Operations Director, YMCA.
These emergencies can range from health issues like asthma attacks to heart attacks or even cardiac arrest.
“Every level of our staff from our directors down to our part time front line staff have gone through CPR and first aid training,” says Tim Olson, Operations Director, YMCA.
In large gyms, like the YMCA, safety is crucial for all ages, doing all sorts of activities – like swimming.
“Safety is priority, especially in the pool area. We want to make sure that people are comfortable coming here, knowing that their children are going to be safe,” says Kate Brovold, Aquatics Director.
Some of the most common injuries happen in the weight room – when you may not even realize you’re damaging your muscles.
“Knee injuries can possibly happen if you’re weight lifting…” says Bev Cross, Fitness Associate.
The trainers told me a majority of injuries in the gym come from lifting free weights, like this one. They gave me several steps you can take so that you don’t pull or strain a muscle.”
“Start out with really light weights if you’re unsure of the form. The most important thing is to learn the form. Take it slow, learn some infomation, use our staff,” says Cross.
You may think pushing it to the limit every single day is the fastest track to fitness – but it can have the total opposite effect if you’re not careful.
“We don’t want you to come in here and hurt yourself, because that sets you back a good 2 or 3 weeks. So that’s kind of defeating the whole purpose,” says Cross.
Next time you’re heading to the gym for a killer workout – remember –
the challenge is what changes you, but pushing past your limit can leave you hurting.