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*Always remember the golden rule of exercise safety, start slowly and build up the intensity and duration of your exercise gradually. Trying to go from couch potato to fitness guru over night is a recipe for disaster!
Apparently 4 years ago was the time I encountered police with gun drawn while out on a run – so what better to post about today than exercise safety tips!
If you have certain risk factors, your physician should be able to give you specific advice on how to do fitness exercising safely. Although you may have to proceed more slowly than others, it may be a critical part of a treatment program that will improve your health and enable you to feel much better.
Gyms & Trainers: What to Look For
If you do some of your exercise in the gym, whether on your own, in group classes, or with a personal trainer, there are some simple precautions you can take to keep yourself safe:
A big part of exercise safety is prevention. Just as your car will run better when you service it regularly, your body will protect itself from injury when you give it the food, water, rest, and attention it needs to operate at its best.
You’ll find a lot of information in the Resource Center and on the Message Boards about basic nutrition, and exercise-related concerns such as stretching, warming up and cooling down properly, and dealing with minor aches and pains before they become big problems.
So, do your homework first, then get out there and start sweating!