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Staying Safe in Exercise: What You Should Remember

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise is definitely important. From the time that we're very young, we're taught to move our bodies. We're taught to walk and run and do jumping jacks. As we get older, we're still encouraged to move. There's simply no replacing exercise in your life. It's key to good health, mobility, and even longevity. But before you rush out and join the gym, there are some things you need to know about working out. And one of the most important? Safety rules! If you're going to exercise, you have to be safe. If you're ready to add exercise into your routine for good, take a look at these tips for exercising safely every time.

Always Stay Fueled

If you don't have enough food and water in your system, you may very well get sick during your workout. And that is definitely not safe! Eat a light snack about a half-hour before your workout. And then make sure to keep something small in your gym bag. If you start to feel weak or light-headed, you'll have something on hand. When it comes to water, make sure that you always have plenty available. It's easy to get dehydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times, and sip throughout your workout.

Form Over Speed

It's tempting to try to do everything as quickly as possible. The faster you go, the more you can do, and the faster you can go home. But doing your workout quickly without proper form does more harm than good. Instead, focus your efforts on really good form. When we have good form, our bodies have to work harder. And the more our bodies work, the closer we'll get to our goals no matter how quickly we do each move.

Help is Always Available

Don't forget that help is always available. If you don't know what to do, do some internet research. Still confused? Head to your local gym and ask a personal trainer. Worried about working out alone? Join a fitness class with a certified instructor. You're never alone! If you need help, reach out and get what you need so that you can be as successful as you want to be.

It's really important to think about safety when you workout. If you don't, you risk major injury. And with injury comes pain, recovery time, and probably quite a financial expense. Instead, just use these tips to create a safe workout environment, and enjoy the security you feel and the better body you'll gain with your continuing efforts.

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

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