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Safety Tips for New Exercisers

By Sara Butler

Making the decision to exercise is one you will not regret. Regular exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, so you must take advantage of all its benefits in order to lead a long and active life. But just as with everything else in life, it comes with some risks. These risks are even higher if it’s been a while since you exercised. Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy and safe as you embark on a new workout regimen!

What to Know Before Starting

If you want to increase your level of physical activity, then you first need to answer some questions. When you see your doctor or chiropractor before embarking on a new exercise adventure, they will try to determine if you’re healthy enough by asking a few questions. They go something like this:

  • Do you have a heart condition?
  • When performing a physical activity, do you experience pain in your chest?
  • Have you had chest pain during physical activity in the last month?
  • Do you have balance issues due to dizziness?
  • Do you have joint issues that could be made worse by physical activity?
  • Do you know of any reason why you shouldn’t do physical activity?

If any of these questions were answered with a yes, then make sure to see a trusted medical professional before you start any new exercise program. Also, if you have any sort of chronic health condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then you should discuss exercise with a professional before you start something new.

Get the Right Gear

One of the most important aspects to exercise is having the right equipment. If you’re going to start with walking, then you need a new pair of walking shoes that fit right and offer support. In fact, you should buy specialized shoes for whatever activity you’re going to be performing, such as jogging or cross training.

You also need to have exercise clothing that will absorb sweat. If tight-fitting exercise clothes aren’t your thing, then loose-fitting cotton will work just as well! These clothes will keep you cool and help you from dehydrating during exercise.

If you’re going to be biking or participating in contact sports, then don’t forget a helmet! Elbow and knee pads may also be needed as well as sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses for outdoor exercise.

Exercise is a great thing, so kudos to you for getting started. Just make sure to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you and take it slow. You got this!

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

 

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