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Exercise At Home – Is It Dangerous?

by Sarah Mia
(Naples, Florida, USA)

You can exercise at home and still stay safe while doing it. It could be dangerous since you don’t have a trainer watching you and helping to prevent injuries, but if you follow a few simple rules, you can enjoy a nice, safe exercise program in your own home.

The most important thing to always make sure you do before beginning your exercise program is to properly stretch your muscles. Without stretching, you can cause muscles to pull and tear, so stretch them out before beginning to exercise to warm them up.

If you’re just beginning to exercise, you should start with a short exercise routine. You don’t want to overdo it and exercise too much. This can cause injuries since your muscles wouldn’t be used to it yet. Once you’ve been at it for a little while, you can slowly start to increase your exercise time.

Don’t jump into a program going full force until you know what you’re doing. Take it easy and go slowly at first. Get your body used to doing these exercises before speeding up and going full throttle.

Slowly increase your speed and never do more than you can physically do. Know your limits and stick with them. If you use exercise equipment, make sure it’s in good shape and know how to use it properly.

If you don’t know how to use the equipment that you’re planning to use or have faulty equipment, you run a huge risk of getting hurt. Faulty equipment can break while you’re using it and major injuries can occur. If you use the equipment incorrectly from how it should be used, you run the risk of getting hurt as well.

If you lift weights for your exercise routine, never ever bench press alone. The bar can get too heavy for you to lift up and can come down on your chest and neck area, cutting off air circulation. This is extremely dangerous and can be fatal, so get someone to come and spot you when performing bench presses.

If at any time you start to feel pain during your exercise program, you should stop immediately and take care of the pain. See a doctor if necessary. Don’t continue with your exercises when you’re in pain because it may only make things worse. Stop right away and take care of the injured part of your body.

Wear comfortable shoes if you’re going to walk or run. A cheap pair will make your feet hurt. They can also cause you to injure some muscles as well, so make sure they’re good quality shoes that are comfortable.

You can exercise at home and still stay safe. Follow these steps and decrease your chances of hurting yourself during your exercise routine. If you take it easy and don’t overdo what your body is capable of doing, then you can exercise freely without any risk of injury.

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Updated: August 5, 2013 — 2:09 am

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