5 Tips for Gym Rats to Improve Longevity
By CrossFit Coach | September 29, 2017
Statistics show that 58 million Americans visit the gym every year. Whether it’s to build muscle, burn body fat, or simply to promote better health, a gym membership is an invaluable tool that helps an individual achieve their personal goals. However, gym owners and fitness trainers have a duty to educate these new gym goers, and even seasoned gym rats, about the health risks of excessive workouts.
1. Allow Time for Rest and Recovery
It’s not uncommon for gym rats to work out for three or more consecutive days, believing this will yield better results. As gym professionals though, we know this isn’t the case. Instead, it slows down their progress by restricting their body from healing. The recovery process that your body has to go through is important. According to an article written by Michigan State University, “it allows the body to repair and strengthen itself in between workouts.”
2. Focus on Form to Reduce the Risk of Injury
Gym goers should also understand the risks associated with excessive workouts. Lifting weights with the wrong form, for instance, can lead to joint or back pain. And if the individual ignores the symptoms and continues to exercise, he or she may become susceptible to even more severe injury.
3. Immune System Support
Exercise is a great way to strengthen the immune system and protect against infectious disease and illness. Like most things in life, though, it’s all about moderation. If an individual pushes him or herself at the gym beyond their limits, it could actually suppress their immune system. Therefore, gym professionals need to educate members about this potential risk.
4. Utilize Full-Body Workouts
We take a hands-on approach with our workouts, ensuring that all major muscle groups are targeted. Many gym rats simply focus on their upper body, neglecting to work out their lower body. As a result, excess stress is placed on their upper body, increasing the risk of injury and slowing down gains. To prevent this from happening, archive your workout records.
5. Balance Your Nutrition
Finally, gym rats have a tendency to overdo their protein consumption. Protein is one of the most important nutrients to consume when working out, as it facilitates the development of new muscle tissue. Too much protein, however, can stress the kidneys while increasing the risk of kidney stones.
As you can see, there are many areas to improve your fitness while ensuring longevity and reducing risks.