Staying Safe While Working Out
Exercise is a wonderful and healthy habit to incorporate into your weight loss program. After weight loss surgery you’ll be encouraged to make adjustments to your lifestyle to incorporate healthier activities. This will include making changes to your social routine and how you spend your downtime, and exercise can easily be included into both of those aspects of your life.
However, when it comes to your workouts, you can’t put enough emphasis on how to stay safe. When you are just getting started with a new exercise program you are at the highest risk point for experiencing an injury. The combination of being new to the activity and unsure of proper form, not having ideal workout clothing, and pushing your body to do new things that it may not be ready for can be a harmful combination if you are not carefully monitoring the situation.
Whether you are exercising at the local gym, in your living room or outside in your neighborhood, you need to learn some basic safety measures to help you stay safe. These include:
- Dress properly for working out. Denim and open-toe shoes are absolutely not allowed. You need to wear clothes that are light and breathable, and you need to be in good sneakers with socks. The wrong workout wardrobe will make you more susceptible to injury.
- Make sure that someone knows where you are. This is especially true for those who are out and about in their neighborhood. A brisk walk or light jog is a great workout, but you need to ensure that someone knows where you’ve gone. Map out your run online and share it with a close friend or family member. Also, remember to take your cellphone with you! If something happens and you need a ride home this will be essential.
- Bring safety equipment with you. We’ve already mentioned that you should bring your phone with you if you are exercising outside, but beyond that, make sure that you have anything you need in an emergency. A small flashlight is important if you are outside at night. Water is important during any activity. You may also want to bring along a safety whistle and your identification, just in case!
Safety comes first when you are working out: don’t forget! It is great to be motivated and to want to push yourself, but you need to make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and taking the proper precautions before you start working out, otherwise you could experience an injury.