Safe Ways to Start an Exercise Routine

These safety measures will help you begin a new exercise routine with ease.

Want to become more physically active, but concerned about injuries that often befall the out-of-shape? Newbies are prone to pushing themselves too far when they first go for a run, pick up a weight, or start performing strenuous exercise moves, but that's no excuse to stay chained to your couch! With a few precautions, you can be safe while building endurance, strength, and good health.

Find a professional you trust.

The best way to ensure that you are keeping good form and not overdoing yourself is to work with a professional. Depending on your budget, this could mean signing up for a local exercise class or getting a personal trainer at the gym to show you the ropes.

Be honest about the current state of your body.

Certain conditions may make you more susceptible to injuries or other exercise dangers. Do you have a heart condition? Do you suffer from arthritis? Do you find yourself out of breath easily? Do you frequently experience dizzy spells? If so, you may need a doctor or physical therapist to evaluate you and get you started on a routine that won't put your health at risk.

Respect your limits.

Forget any encouragement to "feel the burn." Pushing yourself farther than your instincts say to go is never healthy. It's perfectly fine to progress slowly. Your body is gaining strength. Give it time and you'll get where you want to be safely.

Work out with a partner.

Some exercises, such as weight training, always require a spotter. Even if you are doing safer moves, keeping another person around means you'll have someone ready to help if an emergency occurs.

Drink up.

Hydration is crucial. You'll feel the thirst strongly in hot weather, but it may not be so obvious during cooler months. Make water breaks a habit.

Before tackling an intense exercise routine, check in with your doctor. Need a physician referral? Give us a call at 1-855-477-DRMC (3762)

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