Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Weight training should not injure you

Weight training—resistance training—it means hefting something heavy. Dr Yarif Maghen of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group in Carmel NY, says weight training is safer than other forms of exercise, but still has some risks.

More than 970,000 weight training injuries went to the ER between 1990 and 2007.

Of course, they want you to ask the doctor first. What is the doctor going to say—no, don’t exercise?

Then talk to a fitness consultant. This I can see.

Be sure to use proper form—the fitness consultant can advise you. Lift with control—no jerking.

Start low and work up. If you have not been lifting for a while, start with low weights, maybe fewer reps.

Do some aerobics first to get limber.

Be sure to breathe! Exhale as you lift! Keep breathing.

A routine that causes fatigue at 12 reps—this may be enough for toning.

Above all, pay attention, put your brain into every movement.

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