How to Stay Safe During Exercise
By Sara Butler
When you exercise, it can be easy to focus on your goals. Things such as strong muscles, maintaining a healthy weight, and other health and wellness objectives can make you lose sight of one very important thing: injury. You have to be able to focus on doing your exercise the right way in order to avoid workout injuries.
Know Your Limits
To exercise safely, you need a plan. You should start off by finding an exercise that best matches your physical ability. If you have joint pain, then you can avoid injuries by choosing an exercise routine that avoids placing undue stress and strain on your joints such as cycling or swimming. If you have balance issues, getting a personal trainer to help you may be the best route.
Another aspect of safety is using the right equipment for what you’re doing. Weights need to match the level you can handle and your clothes and shoes should fit well and be the right type of clothing for whatever activity you’re getting ready to do.
Rules for Safe Exercise
You can avoid injuries when exercising by following some simple rules. You need to ensure you:
- Warm up – You need to warm up your body in order to pump blood into your muscles, speeding up your heart and breathing. When you get blood to your muscles it will make it easier for them to handle the demands of exercise, which in turn helps you to avoid injury. You can walk in place, gently swinging your arms, to get started.
- Use proper form – Don’t keep going until you’re so tired that you break proper form. That’s a recipe for injury.
- Gradually increase activity – If you don’t already exercise frequently, then you need to work your way up. Don’t go hard from the get-go or you risk injury.
- Listen to your body – You shouldn’t exercise when you’re sick, or too tired from training too much. Your joints shouldn’t hurt as a result of exercise, so stop what you’re doing or you’ll risk injury.
- Drink plenty of water – When you’re working out and sweating, it’s important to replace the fluid you’re losing. This is very important when the weather is hot and humid.
If you notice you’re not feeling well after exercise, you may want to consult with a healthcare professional to make sure you’re not injured!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.