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Unrealistic goals, ignorance lead to workout mishaps

Mugdha Variyar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 05, 2012
First Published: 01:58 IST(5/4/2012) | Last Updated: 01:59 IST(5/4/2012)

Pratiti Chakraborty, 23, a media professional from Thane, suffered a slipped disc five years ago. Doctors could not initially determine the cause, but soon told her that her workout routine could be the cause.

Many people are unaware of the health hazards associated with faulty workouts. “I never realised that an improper workout could lead to such a big issue,” said Chakraborty, who has been advised not to lift weights and to avoid exerting herself.


Mickey Mehta, holistic health guru, said unrealistic goals and tight timelines lead to workout-related injuries. “It is important that people take enough time for thorough warm-ups and stretches. Avaricious workouts cause injuries,” said Mehta.

Taking simple precautions can prevent injuries. “Drinking enough water and wearing the right shoes are basic measures,” said Althea Shah, vice-president (marketing), Gold’s Gym India, and a qualified health professional. “Common mistakes people make are lifting too much weight and not doing enough stretches before workouts.”

When ignorance of proper exercising methods combines with inappropriate instruction, the risk of injury is high. “Many instructors are part of the ‘push’ culture, and urge people to go beyond their limitations. They often don’t pay attention to the medical history of the person,” said Mehta.

The trouble is that people, overly conscious of their bodies, tend to push themselves too much. “The biggest reason for injury is that people look for quick results,” said Shah.

People also tend to consume more proteins to build muscle and energy bars and sports drinks to enhance energy. “Water or lime juice is the best source of energy during workouts. People often overload on glucose, which our system finds hard to absorb,” said Gauri Murthy, a wellness and sports nutrition specialist. “Supplements should be taken to correct deficiencies. Calcium and vitamin D supplements help strengthen the bones, while Omega-3 fats help prevent diabetes and heart problems.”

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