If you’re attempting to workout, you’ve come to the right place. Working out can be hard, especially when recovering from an injury. Joining the gym can be a real minefield of unknowns. Walking in for that first time, you’ll be faced with a lot of equipment that’s unfamiliar to you. Getting to grips with that equipment will help you figure out which workout is best for you. This is especially important if you’re working through an injury. Knowing what each machine focuses on will allow you to make a choice that won’t exacerbate your injury! We’re going to look at a run down of the equipment found in most gyms and what each piece aims to achieve. Remember, work out carefully. If you are recovering from an injury, talk with your doctor about what you can do before you jump into anything. Don’t push yourself before you’re ready!
Treadmills, like the ones found here, are a classic. You’ll find these in the majority of gyms. These machines simulate the process of running from the comfort of a gym! You can alter the speed to your comfort level. Treadmills are excellent because they allow you to build your workout. They burn unwanted calories and increase your stamina at the same time. Before you hop on, make sure you’re familiar with the controls. There should be an increase and decrease button, which are the ones you will use most. If you’re just starting out, it’s worth using the presettings already available on the machine. Most have a beginner setup, which will take care of speed for you. This will allow you to concentrate on running, rather than fiddling with controls! To start with, try to do 20-30 minutes at a speed you’re comfortable with. You’ll find you can increase your speed and workout length in no time at all. Listening to music while you run can be an excellent way to get into the rhythm. Remember, too, to keep a bottle of water by your side. Staying hydrated during any workout is crucial!
Exercise bikes are another staple of most gyms. These are simulation machines too, but instead of running, they simulate cycling. These machines are useful if you’re aiming to improve leg strength, as well as stamina. Again, get to grips with the machine before you start working out. Make sure you know how the settings work. An exercise bike will work muscles that a treadmill won’t. They’re also perfect for starters. A bike will keep you a lot more stable when you’re working out. If you’re just recovering from an injury, these can be a good way to start. You’ll be sitting stationary, so you won’t be jolting anything you don’t want to! Again, build your practice. Know how much you can do and don’t exceed your abilities.
WEIGHTS AND BENCH PRESSES
For those looking to work on muscles, there is plenty of weight lifting equipment to choose from. Bear in mind that you’re going to be using muscles that aren’t used to strain. Going carefully is even more important here. Start with the smallest weights, and increase slowly. Don’t jump straight into bench presses. These involve a lot of back strain and can lead to serious injury if you use them before you’re ready. Build up your weight practice first. Move onto the bench press once you’re lifting heavier weights. Bodybuilding workouts can be good for those recovering from leg injuries. They don’t put too much strain on the legs unless you want them to. If you do go down this route, make sure you get to grips with your diet as well. Your muscles are going to need to repair themselves after your workouts. Eating the right things will ensure they can do so. Plenty of protein is a must!
Cross trainers, like the one mentioned here, offer a multiple workout at once. These include legs arms and muscles, all in one neat package. These machines will overwhelm you if you haven’t gotten to grips with treadmills and exercise bikes yet. Get to grips with these before you attempt this one. Cross trainers are fantastic for the more experienced exerciser. They cover such a wide range of benefits. You’ll work on your muscles, legs and stamina with one of these bad boys!
EXERCISE BALLS AND SKIPPING ROPES
If you’re wary of the machinery, keep things simple. Exercise balls and skipping ropes are great starter points for building muscle and stamina. Exercise balls are particularly good for rehabilitation. They help with a variety of injuries, such as back, hip and knee injuries. Balls are a gentle way to build muscle strength at your own pace. There are various benefits to using these. You’ll build core strength, muscle strength, and balance abilities. Skipping is another excellent exercise method that you shouldn’t forget! If you have got an injury of any kind, skipping might not be for you. If not, don’t hesitate to get going. Skipping is a highly physical activity, which is sure to burn the calories and build stamina fast.
It’s worth mentioning gym groups, too. There are a variety of classes available at all gyms, from cycling sessions to Zumba classes. If you’re just getting back into exercise, classes can be a huge help in building your confidence. After an injury, it can seem daunting to put even the smallest strain on your body. Having the support of a class behind you will push you to keep going. Classes also have the benefit of a trainer, who can ensure that you don’t do yourself any injuries. To ease any worries, talk to the coach at the start of the session and explaining your situation. That way, they’ll know to keep any eye out for you throughout the class. These sessions are an excellent way to get to grips with forms of exercise that you aren’t familiar with. It might just open your eyes to a world of exercise you never knew!