Whether you’re starting a workout routine for the first time since coming out of home lockdown, or just getting back into the swing of things now that summer is here, you should take some precautions to stay safe and healthy.
No matter what’s going on in the world, it’s a good idea to keep safety and good health at the forefront of your mind. So, we’ve got some tips for you that are relevant now and pretty much any time that you’re thinking about this sort of thing.
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7 Fitness Safety Tips To Keep You Healthy
Whether you’re working out at home, at the park, or in a local fitness facility, the tips below will help keep you healthy and safe.
1. Always Wipe Down Equipment
My local gym has wipes and cleaning spray that you’re supposed to use to clean off your equipment after you sweat all over it. Yet, I rarely see other people doing this.
That’s why you should always wipe down the treadmill, or whatever equipment you’re using, both before and after you use it. This way you protect yourself from germs, as well as anyone who uses it after you.
This habit should also stay with you at home when you’re using your own gear. It’s just good hygiene practice.
2. Keep Your Distance From Other People
Even during the times when it’s not flu season or a virus outbreak, there’s never a good reason to be exercising in close proximity to other people.
Personally, I find it really annoying when someone gets on the machine right beside me instead of leaving space between us. I don’t want to hear you panting as you run, and I certainly don’t want your cooties!
So, be a good human and be mindful of others’ space as you workout in a gym or other shared facility or space.
3. Avoid The Gym At Peak Times
If you’re looking to avoid germs, then one of the safest things that you can do for yourself is to avoid heading to the gym when everyone else is there.
Traditionally, the peak times at your local gym are after work followed by the lunch break and before work periods. Personally, I like to go around 2:30pm or 3:00pm because it’s right between two peak periods and there’s hardly anyone working out.
I also find that weekends are popular with people, so I tend to skip hitting the gym on weekends.
Skipping out on peak times also has the benefit of increasing the likelihood that your preferred equipment is actually available to use.
4. Do One-On-One Training
A great way to not only stay healthy by avoiding germs but also staying safe with your workouts is to get a personal trainer for some one-on-one training. And, to do this outside of your local gym.
I’m talking about getting a personal trainer to work with you at your home or at a local park.
Sounds expensive, eh? I was surprised to discover that it’s actually not that bad when you book it through FYT (Find Your Trainer).
Check it out for yourself — Fyt Personal Training Pricing
So, with a personal trainer you get the ultimate in safety and healthy — you get expert guidance on properly working out and you eliminate all those germs and cooties that you’d encounter at your local gym.
5. Stay Hydrated
If you’re really in the zone when you’re working out, then you might not be thinking much about hydration. But the truth is that if you’re sweating it out during your exercising, then you need to replenish that lost liquid by hydrating.
I know in the past that I’ve gotten headaches from getting dehydrated when exercising, so you definitely want to avoid that. Plus, staying hydrated is just part of staying healthy.
6. Stay Aware
When I work out, I like to listen to music or podcasts, when means that I’ve got earbuds in – but this is really not the best idea for me, or for you. We should be aware of our surroundings at all times for our own healthy and safety while getting fit.
If you’re doing to exercising outside, then you might need to watch for vehicles or other dangers. And if you’re in a local gym, then you might want to pay attention to when people are getting all up in your space.
7. Don’t Forget The Warm-Up & Cool-Down
We all lead busy lives, so I totally get wanting to jump right into your workout routine so that you can get it over with and move on to the next thing on your to-do list. But I think we all know the importance of warming up our muscles before a workout.
But do we do that? Probably not – but we should because it helps prevent injury when working out.
And we should also do some cooling down stretches when our workout is over to prevent injuries. Cause what’s the point of taking the time to workout if we’re not focused on doing it the safest and healthiest way possible?