Tips for Fitness Safety: Don’t Start Any Exercise Until You Know This

Why is it that we always want to go reach our fitness goals in a week — even when it took a lifetime to get out of shape?

If you’ve been living a sedentary lifestyle for a while, starting an exercise program too fast can spell disaster. You may get injured and decide you don’t want to get fit anymore. Your fitness goals would be over before they start!

When it comes to exercise, practice safety first. No matter what you do as far as physical activity, it is important to be safe. It’s OK to ease yourself into a new fitness routine, to start slow and build up as you increase in strength an understanding of how to exercise properly.

Are you ready to learn how to exercise safely? Use these fitness safety tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your workouts without risking injury.

1. Do your homework. Research the physical activity first and find out what is required so you know what to expect once you start exercising. Let’s say that you wanted to try rock climbing. This exercise requires a lot of upper body strength. If you’re new to this type of fitness activity then you may want to ask an expert what types of exercise you can start with to get prepared for the mountain.

2. Get the right gear. Your performance in any activity is greatly enhanced when you come prepared. Bicycling is easier when you have a seat that is comfortable. Some people like to use bicycle clips on their pedals to keep their feet from slipping. If you bike at night, wearing a reflective jacket and/or reflectors on your bike can help cars to see you. A helmet is mandatory in most instances.

3. Learn to perform your exercises properly. This is especially important with strength training. When you don’t know proper technique it can lead to injury. You may want to work with a physical trainer until you know the routine well and can do it without assistance.

4. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated makes all the difference especially when you exercise in hot weather. You are losing electrolytes and water through your sweat. It is important to replenish them to keep from cramping and to help increase your endurance. Water not only replenishes your muscles and tissue, it replenishes your brain and keeps you alert.

5. Know your body. If you begin to get dizzy performing an exercise or feel any pain whatsoever, take a break. It could be that you are winded or going at it too hard. There’s no shame in slowing down. You want to be able to get up and exercise again the next day. The best judge of what you can and can’t handle is your own body.

The benefits of physical activity is a strong, healthy body. An injury caused by improper techniques or careless preparation will set you back and discourage you on your journey towards optimal health. Don’t let this happen. Exercise safely by learning proper preparation and you’ll be able to enjoy your new fitness program for years to come.

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