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Training tips to avoid injury while working out

• Fewer repetitions, more sets. A common mistake when beginning an exercise regimen is to dive right in without really knowing the ins and outs of a routine. For example, many people load up on repetitions, feeling the more reps, the more effective a workout will be. However, beginners often find fewer reps but additional sets is more effective. So instead of doing four sets of 10 reps, do five sets of eight reps. This might seem too small to make a difference, but beginners often tire near the end of a set, and doing fewer reps per set can help them avoid fatigue and make the most of each repetition and set.

• Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout an exercise regimen to remain hydrated. Maintaining proper fluid levels helps avoid cramping and dehydration, which can bring their own batch of painful side effects, including nausea and heart palpitations. For those who workout in the early morning, be sure to drink water before working out to overcome any dehydration that may have occurred while asleep. For those who workout after work, be sure to drink water throughout the day so the body is fully hydrated when the time comes to hit the gym.

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