It’s never too late to start.
Whether it’s been month, years or even decades since the last time you worked out, it’s important to take precaution so that you don’t end up injured. That’s the last thing you want to happen—setting a workout schedule and getting in the swing to only be faced with a drawback.
We got some tips from our friends at Fit Body Boot Camp to give you lowdown on of exercise safety.
1. Get The “Okay”
Anyone with a heart condition, joint problems, diabetes, high blood pressure or other medical conditions should be checked out by their physician before starting any new forms of exercise.
2. Start Slowly
Plan to ease into exercise by starting off slowly and gradually building the intensity and length of your workouts. A gradual re-entry into physical fitness reduces your chances for injury, soreness and burnout.
3. Equip Yourself
Depending on what activity you plan to do, be sure to choose the right equipment. For most, this means buying the right kind of footwear, comfortable workout clothes, a helmet, kneepads and gloves.
4. Warm Up and Cool Down
Before your workout, warm up your muscles by doing a few minutes of full-body movements such as jumping jacks, arm swings, squats or light jogging. After your workout, spend a few minutes cooling down with light exercise and stretches.
5. Know When to Stop
It’s normal to experience muscle soreness a day or two after exercise, but if you ever feel pain in the midst of a workout, something’s not right. You should stop what you’re doing after a brief cool-down.
6. Go for Variety
Jogging on the treadmill day in and day out is sure to monotonous and boring. Plus, a balanced exercise routine includes cardio, strength training and flexibility exercises. Change things up by alternating the days you focus on cardio and strength training with flexibility exercises mixed in.
All of these tips are also important even after months of having a solid workout routine. Check out Fit Body Boot Camp’s blog for more fitness and healthy lifestyle tips.
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