Most people who go to the gym feel mild to moderate body pain from time to time; it’s simply a normal body reaction to strain from working out. However, some people complain of having recurring strain along with injuries even after doing the same routines for a long period of time.
Constant strain on your muscles and joints are a normal part of every workout routine. But when we start doing things the wrong way, a simple strain may actually have underlying conditions that we often ignore. Symptoms like chronic pain, swelling around the affected area and even mild fever, especially in cases where the pain is too severe that it inhibits normal bodily function, may all be indicative of a torn ligament or muscle tissue, a dislocated joint or even a small fracture.
One of the main reasons, and surprisingly also one of the easiest to avoid, why we experience recurring injuries is the fact that a lot of us execute certain exercise routines the wrong way or we often mishandle exercise equipment without even noticing that we’re actually doing it.
The first thing that most of us unconsciously do is to jerk. When we lift weights, we have this strange notion of adding that extra count towards our last repetitions. We tend to jerk to give that extra push, but this is very dangerous. During squats, jerking is often one of the main causes of lower back pain and possibly leading to spinal injury.
Another problem with most people is leaning. When we feel our weaker side weakening, we often lean to add a little strength from the dominant side of our body. This may lead to serious joint injuries and torn ligaments for heavy weights especially in bench presses and seated leg raises.
In relation to joints, a lot of people commit the mistake of locking their knees. For the arms, especially for heavy lifting, locking the elbows may help you rest the bar, but for squats, it is very dangerous to lock your knees as it may add more strain because of the leg’s natural curve.
Lastly, although some scientific research suggests no direct relationship between post work out injuries and stretching, it would still be a good idea to do a little stretching for at least 3-5 minutes before doing any exercise. It would also help to keep yourself hydrated and allot rest periods between days of working out to ensure your muscles have enough time to repair themselves.
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