Workout injuries occur for a number of reasons, such as improper preparation or working out too hard. After all, if you’re excited about getting and staying fit, it can be easy to throw yourself into it. But workout injuries just aren’t worth it, especially if they end up preventing you from working out as you heal. With a fully equipped 6 Pack Bag and our tips for how to avoid workout injuries, you’ll be able to achieve the body of your dreams without getting hurt.

One of the easiest ways to avoid workout injuries is well known but always bears repeating. You should always warm up before you work out. Just like you warm up your car before driving it in the winter so you don’t cause any damage, so you should do the same for your own body. Do some stretching exercises, adjust your breathing, limber up, and your workout will both be more enjoyable and more effective. When you warm up, you loosen up muscles and joints, so they will be more pliable when you’re engaging in higher intensity workouts. Five minutes is usually a good amount to get your body primed for exercise. Don’t forget to do some stretches post-workout, as well, to relieve and relax the muscles you were just exercising.

Staying hydrated is another important way to avoid workout injuries. You should drink between 15-20 ounces of water a couple hours before you start working out, as well as at least 8 ounces about 10 minutes before you start working out. You also need to replace the fluid lost while you work out, so keep a water bottle handy and chug away every 10 minutes or so. If you want to be even more prepared for hydration domination, you can store extra water bottles in your 6 Pack Bags.

Whether you’re weight training or doing some cardio, incorrect techniques and improper form are major reasons for workout injuries. Especially if you’re working out intensely, the potential to rip and tear muscles is just too high if you’re not using the correct techniques. A personal trainer or coach can certainly help you improve your form, especially if you’re not sure where to start. You’ll quickly find that one correct rep is better than ten incorrect ones.