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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tips on How to Stay Safe and Injury-Free During Home Exercise

Exercising inside your home is an appealing option if you have a tight schedule making gym workouts less feasible.  Despite its convenience, home-based exercise can lead to injury if the proper steps have not been taken to make the environment safe for physical activity. When creating your home-based exercise environment consider the following tips to increase your chances of an injury-free endeavor:
  • Flooring: Consider the nature of your activity when choosing an exercise spot in your home. Engaging in aerobic dance or jumping activities on your unprotected concrete basement floor is not recommended. Concrete does not absorb shock and can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and stress fractures, if jarring activities were to be repeatedly performed on it. Buy gym mats to absorb the impact of your exercise activity.
  • Ventilation: Choose a location where the air can freely circulate to prevent stuffiness. Consider cracking open a window to improve air flow during your exercise session.  Use a fan to circulate the air if a window is not present.
  • Temperature: It is recommended that the indoor temperature be set in a range of 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit for safe exercise; however, you may find that you are more comfortable during the exercise session if the room temperature is kept around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lighting: The area of your home in which you exercise should be well lit. This will prevent accidental falls from tripping over items not seen in the dim light.
  • Child-Proof Exercise Area: Treadmill burns are a common injury among children who accidentally brush up against a moving belt. If possible, install a barrier, such as a child safety gate, that separates your child from the treadmill and/or other exercise equipment with moving parts. Always unplug the treadmill or any other electric exercise machine after use.
Note: Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.

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