The Importance of Working Out Safely

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You may be planning to start the new year out with a routine, packed with all the exercises you love. Exercising regularly has wide-ranging physical, emotional and social health benefits. While we all love a good workout we have to remember the importance to do so safely. 

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You need to exercise safely to remain healthy and to protect yourself from injuries. If it’s safe and painless, you’re more likely to stick to it! Safety is about using common sense, understanding basic techniques and listening to your body.

During this past year many people have had to swap gym time and fitness classes for at-home workouts. If you're anything like me, you may be pleasantly surprised by the ease and convenience of fitting in exercise without ever leaving your home. 

Here are five tips to stay safe and injury-free:

1. Warm up and cool down 

Try slow stretches and go through the motions of your sport or activity before starting. Cool down with slow stretching.

2. Stay hydrated 

You can lose around one and a half litres of fluid for every hour of exercise; so drink water before, during and after a session. 

3. Check your gear

Make sure your shoes and equipment fit properly and are right for the activity. Look after your equipment and check it regularly for safety. 

4. Listen to your body

Hold off on exercise when you're sick or feeling very fatigued. Cut back if you cannot finish an exercise session, feel faint after exercise or fatigued during the day, or suffer persistent aches and pains in joints after exercising. 

5. Find a personal trainer 

Fyt’s personal trainers provide expert guidance and support designed for your goals, on your schedule, in the comfort and privacy of your home or building gym.

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What are some tips you have on how to work out safely? 

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