Staying Safe During Exercise
We all want to do some physical activity now and then to stay active. For kids, playing outdoors—riding a bike, running, sliding, etc.—is an excellent way to keep them in shape. For adults, swimming, climbing, working out in the gym can be great choices. Whatever the form of exercise is one should remember to stay safe.
Here are some safety tips to remember to avoid injuries while working out:
Start from and end with level 1.
You don’t have to be aggressive right away. Start your exercise program by stretching out. Warming up should not be missed. It’s best to begin with low-intensity workouts as well so as not to strain your muscles. Also, remember that speed isn’t everything. Build up your speed slowly whether you’re brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or doing any other physical activity. After working out, don’t forget to cool down too.
Consult your doctor.
If you have health conditions, don’t hesitate to ask questions to your doctor or health care provider. It’s better for you to discuss with them what is safe for you instead of you coming to them in the future because of an exercise-related injury.
Wear the appropriate outfit.
Will you be cycling? Wear a helmet. Will you be lifting heavy weights? Wear gloves and non-slippery shoes. Always wear the right clothing and shoes for your activities. If you’ll be exercising outdoors, remember to check the weather and dress appropriately according to the temperature.
Pay attention to surroundings.
Whether you’re working out indoors or outdoors, make sure you’re in a safe environment. And as you go on with your program, make sure you stay in a safe environment. Pay close attention to the people and stuff around you. If you’re in your garage, make sure no tools are left turned on whether that’s as small as an electric screwdriver or as bulky as a circular saw. Keep away from handyman tools as much as possible
Bend from your hips.
When bending, don’t do it from your waist. To know that you’re bending correctly, check your back. If it’s straight while you bend, then you’re on the right track. If your back isn’t, then you’re doing your bending wrong.
Drink lots of water. Make sure you drink before, during, and after exercising, even if you think you don’t need it.
Listen to your body.
No matter how enthusiastic your mind is about working out, you should still listen to your body. If you’re running out of breath, if your head’s feeling dizzy, if you’re in pain, or if you feel nauseated, stop. If your chest feels tight or if you feel you’re about to faint, then stop. Call for help. Don’t wait for your body to totally breakdown before you listen to its needs. Your safety should be prioritized over beating your record or someone else’s.