Working out at home might be significantly more affordable than signing up for expensive gym membership plans, but it requires both discipline, as well as proper workout knowledge and techniques in order to be effective. To avoid counterproductive workout sessions and putting in all that effort for nothing, here are 4 common mistakes to steer clear of; some of which you can easily work around with proper home workout equipment.
Not Varying Your Exercises
Einstein’s definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Similarly, doing the same workout routine leads to a phenomenon known as adaptive resistance. This happens when you’ve done the same exercises to the point where your body no longer responds to them. Adaptive resistance can also result in injury, as doing the same exercises naturally causes more wear and tear in the same soft tissue structures. To prevent this, switch things up and add some variation to your exercises. This creates a new stimulus that will enable your body to make progress over time whilst decreasing the risk of injury. The good news is that there is a wide selection of home workout equipment to add a touch of creativity to your exercises, keeping things fresh and helping you stay motivated.
Using Workout Equipment Incorrectly
It’s always an exciting time when you have brand new home workout equipment to play with, but it’s not all fun and games; while they mostly seem harmless, incorrect usage can lead to injuries. Take the innocuous jumping rope for instance — did you know that injuries like ankle burn, shin splints, and patellar tendonitis can occur with over-usage or improper usage? It is therefore important to take the necessary precautions, such as going slow if you’re new to the jumping rope; ensuring that you land on your toes to soften the impact on your joints; and getting a jumping rope that fits your body size. Another home workout equipment that could potentially be dangerous if used improperly is the pull-up bar. A general rule of thumb when using it is to refrain from using momentum to pull yourself up, as that might unhinge the pull-up bar from the door frame. Here at Rigorer, you’ll have a wide variety of workout equipment in Singapore to choose from, but do make the effort to learn how to use them correctly to prevent unnecessary injuries.
Not Doing Resistance Training
Cardio exercises, such as cycling, have grown significantly in popularity in recent months, mainly due to the lack of travel because of the pandemic and the desire to get out of our coops. As important as cardio is, one shouldn’t neglect resistance training. Also known as strength training or weight training, resistance training is literally the usage of resistance to stimulate muscular contraction in order to build the strength, endurance, and size of your skeletal muscles. With that added strength and endurance, your risk of injury decreases as well. These days, you no longer need bulky dumbbells to perform these exercises; home workout equipment like Rigorer’s resistance band is just as effective, but can also be carried around and stowed away easily. It is also much more versatile and can be used for many different resistance exercises.
Not Wearing Adequate Sportswear
Home workouts tend to seem more casual, especially since they are done at the comfort of your own home. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be adequately dressed; after all, a workout is a workout no matter where it’s done, and the risk of injuries are equal across the board. In fact, without the professional guidance that you’ll get at the gym, you are actually more likely to hurt yourself by working out at home, making sportswear even more important. To ensure you’re well prepared for every workout, shop for sportswear in Singapore online with Rigorer — we offer a vast selection of sportswear, from performance t-shirts, to knee pads, to compression tights; everything you could possibly need to push yourself without worrying about serious injuries.
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