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