The saying “no pain, no gain” is often associated with exercising, and men sometimes have a tendency to prioritize competition over safety. When you exercise, you should not be in pain. Pain while exercising is your body’s way of telling you that you are stressing or even damaging a part of your body. Before you try out that new exercise or fitness trend, make sure that you are being safe by following these simple steps:
Stretching is extremely important and should be a part of everyone’s workout routine no matter experience level or the type of exercise being completed. Stretching before any type of physical activity will reduce your risk for injury; because it loosens muscles and will allow them react better to strenuous physical activity. Stretching should also be done after a workout.
When doing any form of exercise, use the proper technique for overall safety. When attempting new exercises, make sure you know how to do them correctly so you may avoid injury. An easy way to ensure you are executing the proper technique is to attend a local fitness class taught by a professional, and learn the proper technique before doing it on your own.
Know your limits when performing any type of physical activity. Pushing yourself to do better is great, however pushing yourself too far can become dangerous and result in serious injury. Only you are aware of how much your body can handle and when enough is enough.
Make sure you pay attention to your body’s signs to ensure you do not push yourself too far. The following symptoms are a few signs that appear when you need to stop your workout:
By following these basic rules, you can try out that new fitness trend knowing you will not only get the most out of it, but remain safe. Also, remember to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.