For any fitness enthusiast, starting a new year is just another chance to realize old fitness goals or create new ones. You’re probably fully aware of how important fitness is, especially in the face of the current global health crises. But physical activities also carry risks as well as benefits, and the most common risk is injury. So, whether you love hitting the gym, going for a run outside, or working out from the comfort of your home, you shouldn’t ignore the following fitness safety tips.
- Get your body ready to exercise
The last thing you want to do is jump into any workout or exercise routine without first preparing your body by warming up. Without a good warm-up, you can easily increase your risk of muscle injuries. That’s because warming up revs up your cardiovascular system by increasing the blood supply to your muscles and raising your body temperature. In addition, when you warm up, you can reduce muscle soreness while lessening the risk of injury.
A few minutes of warm-up exercises are necessary regardless of your workout routine.
- Wear the right workout gear
Whether you want to go cycling, lift some weights in the gym, or even do a few aerobic exercises at home, you want to make sure that you clad yourself appropriately. For example, when going cycling, it is important to have your helmet on at all times. Also, ensure that you wear well-padded shoes to protect your feet from aches and soreness. If you’re going for a run close to a busy street or hitting the outdoors during poor visibility, wear clothes that make you more visible to motorists to avoid accidents.
- Learn the correct workout techniques
Whether you’re using a piece of gym equipment, lifting weights, or relying on your body weight at home, it is important to learn the right workout techniques. In the gym, do not assume you can use any new equipment for the first time without first learning the correct posture and techniques required. If you’re thinking about lifting weights for the first time, you might want to start with lighter weights so you don’t risk injuring yourself. Better still, work with a professional trainer. Should you experience any injury in the gym due to factors that aren’t your fault (like a wet slippery floor), do not hesitate to partner with an injury lawyer.
- Beware of pushing your body to the limit
While the saying “no pain, no gain” may be popular in the world of fitness, you might want to be careful of pushing your body to the limit. Overexercising can put you at risk of injuries like stress fractures, bruised ligaments, inflamed tendons, as well as sore or stiff muscles and joints. Always pay attention to your body and hold off workouts if you’re feeling sick or tired.
- Don’t ignore the weather
If you’re thinking about hitting the outdoors, beware of the weather and other environmental conditions. Your safest option will be to avoid heading out during extreme weather conditions.