Health Advocate Blog

Avoiding unhealthy behaviors at the gym

You’re headed to the gym because you want to get healthier, right?  Take care to avoid these common unhealthy mistakes gym-goers can make. 

  • Not getting an OK from your doctor.  You should always check with your doctor before starting any new fitness regimen. 
  • Not consulting the gym’s training staff.  You could get injured if you try to use fitness equipment you don’t know how to use.  Talk to the gym’s staff and get proper instructions on how to use any equipment that is unfamiliar to you. 
  • Not warming up before training.  Before you begin a workout, your muscles need a little time to adjust to the demands you’ll be putting on them.
  • Lifting too much weight.  Gradual and progressive resistance is much better.
  • Not cooling down after a workout.  A cool-down session can lower your heart rate and boost your flexibility.
  • Not stretching after exercise.  Post-workout stretches can help you prevent injuries.
  • Eating energy bars during moderate workouts.  This could put you at risk of piling on unnecessary calories unless you’re working out for at least two hours per day.
  • Not banishing germs.  Bacteria can hang out on cardio machines, gym mats, and in other sneaky hiding places at the gym.  Check out Yahoo Shine’s helpful tips to protect yourself from these germs.

Want more advice on fitness and wellness?  Check whether or not your employee benefits package at work includes an advocacy service such as Health Advocate.  One of Health Advocate’s services is Wellness Coach, which could be a helpful resource for anyone looking to start a new fitness plan.