A lot of things have changed in people’s lives as a result of Covid-19 including exercise habits. Some people who previously went to the gym regularly switched to working out at home when gyms closed. Others picked up working out at home as a way to fill their time with something positive when there weren’t many other options or after spending several months in a more sedentary state.
While this has been a healthy change for many people or a demonstration of determination to continue to take care of their bodies during difficult circumstances, I recently came across information about the downside of the increase in at-home workouts. There has been a spike in at-home exercise related injuries! A survey from Medicare marketplace MedicareAdvantage.com, using U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, showed that at-home exercise injuries leading to emergency room visits shot up by 48% from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020.
Getting injured during a workout can come down to a variety of factors like not warming up properly, not having a safe workout environment, and not using proper technique and form. Getting injured can prevent you from working out for a long time, or worse. Meeting with a certified personal trainer regularly means getting personalized workouts designed to help you meet your goals safely, as well as having someone there to spot you and correct your form where needed. This will not only increase the effectiveness of your workouts but also greatly reduce your chances of getting injured.
Meeting your personal trainer at a studio space specifically set up for working out puts you in a safer environment to be active. Also, for those who still feel unsure about the safety of public gyms in our current circumstances, working one-on-one with a trainer in a private studio offers far less exposure to the public.
There are so many valid reasons to want to have regular exercise as a part of your life. These are things like striving for better health, exercise as a form of self-care, working towards meaningful fitness-related goals, and increasing your confidence and overall sense of wellbeing. Don’t let your great intentions lead to a serious, life-changing injury.
Just another reason to consider working with a personal trainer. Take action to workout without fallout!