One of the most important components of your exercise program is your exercise partner. It’s always beneficial to exercise with someone else so you can stay committed, alleviate getting bored, and have the help of a spotter during weight training.
Aside from these benefits, safety is the biggest reason why you should workout with a partner. However, having a partner is not always an option. Therefore, when you work out alone, you need to be vigilant when it comes to safety.
You can encounter a number of safety issues when you do a strength training workout alone.
When you are weight lifting, it’s always best to have a partner to spot you. But if this is not an option, use the weights on a machine instead of free weights.With a machine, there is less of a chance that you will drop the weight on yourself if you slip or lose your balance.
You might also want to invest in a machine that uses resistance training, rather than heavy weights.
Use the proper form with any exercise you do. This is important to avoid accidents or injuries. If you are new to the equipment or strength training in general, take some time to educate yourself on the equipment and how to use proper form in positioning your body and lifting techniques.
Make sure that you breathe properly. Never hold your breath while performing strenuous movement.
Doing so can build up pressure within your chest and impede the flow of oxygenated blood to your brain. This temporarily increases your blood pressure and can cause you to pass out.
Running by Yourself
If running is your choice of cardio exercise and you need to run by yourself, here are some suggestions for keeping your workout safe and injury free:
• Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Included a description of your route in case someone needs to come find you.
• Run during the daylight hours and in populated areas. Be sure to wear highly visible clothing and reflective tape if you will be running in traffic areas. Never assume that drivers will see you or that they will adhere to things like cross walks and Yield signs.
• Wear some form of an identification tag containing your name, emergency contact numbers, and pertinent health and medical information. If possible, carry a cell phone as well.
Know your limitations
Exercise is a long-term commitment. There should be no hurry to achieving the results you want as long as you continue working on your goals.
We often overdo our Fitness regimen just to shed off those extra calories we have gained. Muscle recovery is just as important to your fitness program as getting the proper amount of exercise. Try resting for a day in between your Fitness regimen to allow your muscles and body to recover.
For an exercise routine to be effective, you need to experience some soreness and muscle discomfort. However, if you push yourself too hard, you can get burned out and give up before you reach any of your goals.
Pay attention to your body. If you feel over exhausted, dizzy, or dehydrated do not ignore those conditions. Stop your workout, get water, and allow your body to fully recover.