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Some easy tips on safe exercise to prevent injury and stay fit 

No matter what the age or fitness level, in order to stay healthy and avoid diseases, the best way is indeed ‘Exercises’. However, exercising is not a bed of roses. Some exercises can cause damage to bones, muscles and surrounding tissues, making it more likely that you will injure yourself or worsen a pre-existing injury or medical condition. But, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks. So, it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe and avoid potential problems before they happen. The following safety tips would do exactly that!

    • Undergo a medical check-up before you begin especially if you have a medical condition, are overweight, or over 40 years or haven’t exercised regularly for a long time.
    • Wear appropriate outfits, shoes and protective gear, if needed
    • Start out slowly, gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your workouts
    • Always warm up and stretch before exercising. Cold muscles are more likely to get injured, so warm up with some light exercise for at least three to five minutes
    • Pay attention to your form and technique, making sure you’re using the machines and positions correctly
    • Seek instruction for your chosen activity. You may also get a regime designed by a coach
    • Protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation and sun damage
    • Get enough hydration. Drink plenty of water before, during and after the exercise sessions
    • Avoid exercise when in pain or fatigued. Taking a day off is perfectly fine, don’t be a warrior!
    • Don’t exercise if you’ve been drinking alcohol or have taken other drugs that may affect your physical or mental state
    • Listen to your body, know your physical limits and workout accordingly
    • Stop exercise immediately if you are injured and seek medical advice before starting it again
    • Take lessons from your doctor, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or sports physician to be safer the time you restart!

It’s just a matter of using some common sense, understanding basic techniques and listening to your body. If the exercise is safe and painless, you’re more likely to stick to it! So, make a smart move, roll up your sleeves, get out there and start sweating!

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