Exercising often has wide-ranging physical, emotional, and social health benefits. It would be best if you exercised safely to remain healthy and free from injury. If it is safe and painless, you are more likely to stick to it! Safety is about using common sense, basic understanding techniques, and listening to your body.
Here are some tips you can use to stay safe and injury-free:
• Be aware of your body. Think about how a particular exercise is making you feel. If something does not feel right, stop immediately, and seek medical advice.
• Warm-up and calm down. Try the slow stretches and go through motions of your sport or activity before the start. Cool down with the slow stretching.
• Pace yourself. Have one recovery day every week to rest. If you are experiencing some pain, rest until the pain subsides.
• Mix it up. Try other sports and exercises to lower the risk of overtraining.
• Strap or tape. If your joint is prone to injury, consider strapping it or taping before exercising. Even better, consult exercise physiologists or physiotherapists to obtain a program to strengthen the injured area and get advice on proper taping techniques.
• Stay hydrated. You can lose approximately one and a half liters of fluid for every hour of exercise, so drink water before, during, and after a session.
• Be weather aware. Take it easier in hot conditions and wear clothing and sunscreen to protect you from heat elements.
• Do it right. Try to get the correct technique from the start to ensure you are using your muscles correctly.
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