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How to Stay Safe While Exercising at Home

By Donna Stark

Do you want to improve your overall fitness level but still aren't sure about joining your local gym? Does maintaining your privacy and starting out at home sound more desirable to you? If so, there are plenty of exercise options you can choose from. But with those options, comes the risk of getting hurt. That's right. Even if you work out at home, you can still become injured, which is why your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have listed some of their favorite safety measures below. Have a look.

Clear the Area

Before you start doing any kind of movement, make sure the space around you is free and clear of hazards. You can do this by putting your arms straight out to your sides, spinning in a circle, and making sure your body doesn't hit anything. After that amount of space is cleared, expand your circle by an extra foot or two, just to be safe. Also, check the floor around you and remove any toys, furniture, or shoes that could cause you to trip and hurt yourself. Keep an eye on where you place the weights you use too!

Wear Athletic Shoes or Go Barefoot

One of the key elements of at-home workouts is that you can be as comfortable as you want, but no matter how comfortable those fluffy socks are, you may want to reconsider wearing them. Socks can be slippery. Even on carpeted floors, your feet can still slide out from under you when wearing socks. So, take the extra step and throw on a pair of shoes. If you are totally opposed to shoes, stick with your bare feet.

Mix It Up

Don't get into a rut with your at-home workouts. Remember, there are plenty of options you can choose from so make sure you are exercising in different ways. This will help you avoid repeating the same movements over and over again. From yoga to Zumba to strength-training to riding a bike, you won't have a problem coming up with things to do. Just make sure you're not overtraining. Balance your week by giving yourself a day or two of rest.

Staying Active at Home

The benefits of exercise outweigh the risks, so don't be consumed with the prospect of getting hurt. By following the suggestions above, you should be able to enjoy as many pain-free days of exercise as possible. And if by chance you do feel pain, just head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They'll take great care of you!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rogers, Ark.

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