Safety Tips for Starting an Exercise Routine

Posted on August 22, 2013 by

What’s Safe and What’s Not

It’s a well-known fact that exercise is important if we wish to live a long and healthy life.

However, there are times when exercise can cause you to be laid up with injuries, sometimes serious ones. Working out without taking the right safety measures can be dangerous, especially if you are new to exercising on a regular basis.

If you have just begun a workout routine, for health or fitness reasons, here’s what you need to do to avoid injuring yourself:

  • Use equipment that has been tested and is certified safe to use. This is especially important when working with weights and other heavy equipment that can cause serious injuries. If using a treadmill, make sure the speed is controllable and that the stop button works.
  • Warm up well by stretching your muscles before you begin a workout. Rotate your hands, jog in place, bend and touch your toes, and breathe in and out deeply. Cold muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments are more susceptible to sprains, tears and injuries.
  • Start out slowly, and increase your pace and time as the days go by. Don’t go all out and once and burn yourself out within a week.
  • Cool down once you’ve completed your routine so that your muscles release their tightness and relax. Slow down for the last ten minutes
  • Make sure your shoes are comfortable and that they fit well. Ensure that your laces are tied well, especially before you jog or sprint.
  • Make sure you are hydrated by sipping water regularly during your workout. Drink two glasses of water at least 15 minutes before you start exercising. Remember not to drink too much too fast, even if you are really thirsty.
  • It is not necessary to exercise every single day, especially when your muscles are tired and aching. You need days off for your muscles to recover and stop aching.
  • If you are into sports like mountain biking and roller-skating, make sure you wear the correct protective gear like helmets and pads.
  • If you are exercising outdoors, be careful not to stray into the path of traffic or trip over obstacles in your way.
  • Some forms of exercise and sports cause repetitive injuries; for example, joggers are at risk for stress injuries on their knees and ankles.
  • If you have medical problems, consult your doctor before you begin any exercise routine, especially if you are planning on a cardio workout.
  • If you are a diabetic, it is best to exercise with a partner so that you have someone with you if you suddenly feel dizzy or out of breath.

Exercise is necessary for people of all ages as it helps your blood circulation and keeps illness at bay. All you need to do to stay safe is to exercise some caution.

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