Friday 21 October 2016

Week 10: How to train safely with VHI's Dr May

Vhi's Dr May
Vhi's Dr May

The health benefits of being active far outweigh any risk. For everyone or anyone just starting out on a fitness plan, physical activity does increase the risk of injury.

Here are some simple precautions that can help keep you safe while you train:

1. Choose the right equipment.

 If you are out for a walk or a run, pull on a good fitting pair of exercise shoes. You should also choose loose-fitting clothes designed for exercise and dress properly for cold weather training to avoid hypothermia.

2. Find a safe place to work out.

Seek out streets that have good paved sidewalks, parks away from main road or any well maintained indoor areas such as courts and gyms.

3. Evaluate your surroundings.

Safety is important when you train or run outdoors. A key consideration for outdoor training is traffic. Make sure you wear high visibility gear. You will have a better chance of hearing a car barrelling down the road behind you or a dog chasing after you if you don't have headphones on! You will also be able to pay better attention on your breathing and the way your feet hit the pavement or grass. The other benefit is that if you are training with your friend(s), you can chat without having to shout at each other!

4. Let someone know when you are going for a run or walk.

Drop someone a text, or leave a note to let them know when you are going for a run and also where you plan to go.

5. Wear or carry an ID.

This is simply a way of identifying you in the unfortunate event of an accident. This could be in the form of wristband or an Identity Card identifying your name and the details of people to be contacted when crisis occurs. If you have a severe medical condition, the wrist ID should hold vital medical information.

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