How to Avoid Injuries Now That Gyms Are Re-Opening

Since May 20, all 50 states have started to ease COVID-19-related shutdown restrictions. The first wave of re-opening included gyms—big box franchises and boutique studios. Understandably, many people are itching to get back into their strength regimens—to throw some weight around that’s not an adjustable dumbbell. Beyond safety precautions you should take before running to your iron palace, there are other things to keep in mind to avoid injuries getting back in the gym.

If you’re conflicted by a desire to chase a sweat or feel the need to make up for lost time, pause, says Matthew Ibrahim, a strength coach, adjunct professor, and Ph.D. student in sport performance. To ensure you make gains and avoid injuries, you want to manage your training frequency, intensity, and volume. Here are Ibrahim’s top tips for a smooth transition back into regular

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Freshen up your football fun | Health Beat

Paired with fresh veggies, give your game time guests an ample supply of healthy, homemade dips and snack mixes. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

This year, when the gang comes over to watch football, score big with these healthy treats.

Rich and creamy onion dip with chips is a favorite and so easy to make by mixing sour cream into a flavor packet. But most dip mixes are loaded with MSG, sodium and artificial flavors, plus they have zero nutrition.

Instead, make your own in a snap. You’ll keep in the creaminess and keep out the preservatives in that packet.28

It starts with dehydrated onions that you can find in the spice section of your local grocery store.

To make it nutritious, choose plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt. Its tangy taste and creamy thickness is ideal for mimicking sour cream.

Then go the extra yard and replace chips with carrots and zucchini

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