COVID-19 has changed the way we exercise and think about exercise. Even though gyms have reopened, you are required to wear your mask while you exercise. Some people might not be comfortable with that, so they choose to work out at home.
During the first few months of COVID when gyms were closed, many people were forced to work out with limited equipment, causing some of them to order that Peloton they’ve always wanted or subscribe to a monthly video workout program. According to Business Wire, workout gear sales have risen to 170% during this pandemic. The top sellers have been exercise bikes, treadmills and rowing machines.1 Treadmills also are responsible for the highest number of emergency visits to the hospital within all the available at home exercise equipment.2
Many gyms during the lockdown months created virtual fitness classes. A lot of the classes that were being offered in person are now offered online during a virtual format like Zoom. These classes are more in the zone of cardio, as it’s the easier to teach virtually. You can do virtual cardio classes at home with little to no workout equipment at home. These trainers lead participants in the class through a variety of exercises including push-ups, squats, planks, jumping jacks, sit-ups and lunges. Another downfall to all these virtual fitness classes is the threat of injury is raised due to the lack of supervision.
Here are some steps to help you prevent workout injuries at home.3
Take it slow from the start. You don’t need to start with the hardest, most challenging class. It’s ok to be a beginner.
Warm up before you begin exercise. Warming up is essential to effectively working out. Warming up gradually increases your heart rate and serves to loosen your muscles and joints.
Stretch is the advice from many trainers. Dynamic stretching increases flexibility.
Cool down is like a warm up in reverse; a cool-down brings your heart rate down slowly. Walking is a good way to bring your heart rate levels back to normal.
Vary your workout to prevent overuse of any one set of muscles, which could lead to injuries resulting from repetitive use.
Get the ok from your chiropractor. A chiropractor can help you choose the right course of action for someone in your condition. This helps develop a strategy for strengthening your body while avoiding injury.
If you do experience any pain or muscle strain, chiropractic care is a safe, drug-free and non-invasive treatment that is available to you. Call us at 1-800-PATH-247 and let us guide you down the PATH to wellness.
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