No one will argue that exercise is essential to living a healthy life. While there are a number of places to exercise, the gym is a common place to get in a great workout. However, before you visit the gym again, be sure you’re aware of dangers hiding at the gym.
Locker Rooms: While most locker rooms appear to be clean, they are extremely susceptible to antibacterial-resistant superbugs, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), due to the chemicals used to clean the locker rooms. Unfortunately, something as small as a minor cut is all it takes to allow the bacteria under your skin. When you’re headed to the gym, be sure to clean and cover any cuts to prevent contracting a bacteria infection.
High-Intensity Weight Training Classes: Even for the most experienced fitness lover, high-intensity weight training classes can be dangerous. It can be hard to maintain proper form on the exercises included in these classes, especially once you begin to tire. If you want to include high-intensity weight training into your workout routine, try doing some of the exercises outside of a class at your own pace so you aren’t pressured to keep up with the rest of the group.
Spin Classes: Cycling is a great way to incorporate cardiovascular workouts into your routine; however, some instructors will incorporate movements during the class that should not be done on a bike. Classes that include push-ups, hip thrusts and hovers can put your shoulders and knees at a higher risk of injury and should be avoided on a bike.
Smoothie Bar: While smoothies can be a healthy addition to your diet, they can also be a diet disaster. Many smoothies contain sugar concentrates and highly processed protein powders. Protein bars that are typically sold at smoothie bars include high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and refined sugars, which can wreck your diet.
If you’re planning to begin a workout routine for the first time in a while, it’s a good idea to get a medical examination before you start. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.