How to Make Your Home Gym a Safe Space to Work Out

How to Make Your Home Gym a Safe Space to Work Out

Many people enjoy working out in their home gyms, but it’s important to make sure your home gym is a safe place.

Rubber Flooring

The idea behind rubber flooring is to provide a soft landing spot should you fall. Falling on a hard surface can cause serious injury, particularly if you’re holding weights, a medicine ball, or other heavy item. Rubber flooring also protects the floor underneath from the heavy weight of exercise apparatuses and/or weights.

Clear Space

You don’t want to trip and fall at all, even with rubber flooring, so keeping it free of obstructions is important. At home, these obstructions could include laundry baskets, low tables or other furniture, and even children’s toys. Toys, especially, could be problematic because they sometimes have wheels. Always move items out of your exercise area before starting your workout.

Maintaining Equipment

Faulty or worn-out equipment could fail at the worst possible time, causing injury. For example, a yoga mat could be weakened and rip unexpectedly. The bands that you might use for resistance could weaken similarly. If they were to snap while you’re holding them with resistance, it could cause injury. Weights could get rusty. The dumbbell bars could be slightly bent.

Knowing What You’re Doing

Many folks jump right in without having a plan or knowing how to do exercises correctly. It’s easy enough to look up online how to do each exercise safely and correctly. It’s particularly important to work with weights the right way. Pulled muscles, broken bones, or worse. For example, you should never start out with the heaviest weights or go ultra-hard on exercises without stretching. If you start slow while using light weights and doing low-impact aerobic exercise, then you can build up to heavier exercise over time.

Using Correct Form

Even if you know what you’re supposed to do, there will sometimes be a temptation to rush or to “know better.” It’s always best if you do each exercise exactly as it should be done. In most cases, strength-training professionals and/or kinesiologists have developed methods of performing exercises safely. After all, they’re the experts.

The Right Clothing

The wrong kind of clothing can restrict your range of motion, which can result in pulled or strained muscles. Additionally, clothing that isn’t specifically for exercise can cause chafing, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The right clothing also supports you while exercising, protecting your muscles.

Warm Up

Warming up lets your muscles get used to the resistance and range of motion. Neglecting it can cause injury. It’s easy enough to spend a few minutes on warmup, and if you add music to the process, it’ll be fun.

Paying Attention to Your Body

Pain is the body’s response to the possibility of damage to your muscles, ligaments, bones, and cartilage. If something hurts, then stop what you’re doing. There’s no shame in stopping today to be able to work out tomorrow.

Seeing a Doctor

If you do hurt yourself, then go to the doctor to get treatment. Taking care of your body is just plain smart, and you certainly won’t show any weakness by doing so.