Be very cautious when using gym equipment

Buying new equipment for your home gym is always an amazing experience. It is a stepping stone to getting your ‘new body’. No more excuses, you have the gym equipment, now you can start losing the weight you have been complaining about.

But even through all of this, there are many dangers to having gym equipment at home. Most gym equipment is made from iron, so they can be very heavy, and dangerous to use. That is why when you are using gym equipment you must take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and that of your family.

Weight lifting

weight-trainingAccording to the Health Society South Africa (HSSAA) the human body cannot take weight heavier than their bodies. If you lift something heavier than your body weight you risk getting back injuries.

In the article, they explain safety tips you can take when carrying things like a refrigerator and how you can protect your back. This should also apply when you are lifting weights in training. Only take as much as your body can handle.

If you push your body too far, you risk tearing your muscle sternum, and you do not want to do that if you want to continue working out.

Working out is also dangerous because you can also drop the weights, and hurt your toes. Be careful and do not take something that will be too much for your body.

Treadmill Running

The great thing about treadmills is that they can be found everywhere at most of the gyms in the country, and you can have one at home. For many people, a treadmill at home is all about fun and games. It can be funny but can be very dangerous.

Watch this video of the 10 funniest treadmill fails/bloopers

It is funny, but it also shows you the impact the treadmill has as a machine. It is very fast and just one mistake on your footing can lead you to fall flat on your face and get seriously hurt.

We all want to believe that we can run as fast Usain Bolt, but you need to take it easy on the treadmill. Run at a rate you know you can handle.

If you have a treadmill at home, you also need to make sure that your kids do not play on it, because it can be very dangerous for them. Children are prone to the belief that things are made for fun, and it is your job as an adult to make sure that they are safe and do not just play around on the treadmill, because they will hurt themselves.

Here are some tips when using gym equipment:

  1. Do not take more than you can handle, whether it is weights, treadmill running, etc,.
  2. If you using gym equipment at your local gym, make sure you have a sanitiser or a towel to wipe off your sweat.
  3. Ensure that your running shoes are always tied before you step on the treadmill
  4. Do not let children play with or on your gym equipment
  5. Read the safety tips on the leaflet if you have bought the equipment for home use

Your safety should be important to you when working out. As much as you want to lose weight, you do not want to injure your body, preventing you from being able to work out in the future.

Are you looking for a treadmill for sale? Visit the Junk Mail website for available gym equipment in South Africa.

Yolanda Zondo

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