Health Tip: Take Precautions When Exercising
And help prevent injury
(HealthDay News) -- Getting ready to exercise? First get the go-ahead from your doctor, then make sure you take some precautions before you get going.
The Harvard Medical School suggests:
Warm up before and cool down after exercise for five to 10 minutes. Begin exercise slowly, and gradually increase duration and intensity.
Pushing yourself too hard or performing repetitive activities can increase your risk of injury.
Pay attention to your body and stop when you're sick or in pain. If you take a break from exercise, ease back into it again.
Drink plenty of water or fluid replacement drinks. Wear appropriate athletic gear and protective equipment.
Take it easy when exercising in extreme weather.