December 2019

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Health Capsule

Safety Tips for Physical Activity

Staying active is key for good health. No matter your age or fitness level, getting more physical activity will help support your body and mind. That’s why experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

Staying safe while being active is equally important. You want to avoid getting hurt, which can throw you and your fitness goals off-track. NIH has a series of short articles and videos designed to help you stay safe while being active.

Has it been a long time since you’ve exercised? Or are you starting a new activity? Begin slowly with low-intensity exercises. Don’t overdo it. Remember to warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards.

If you’re starting a new strength training exercise, look for expert tips on proper form. Use smooth, steady movements to lift weights into position. Start out with light weights and avoid locking your arms or legs. And don’t exercise the same muscle group two days in a row.

Proper shoes and clothing are important for safety too. Look for shoes with non-skid soles and cushioned arch support. Replace your shoes when they’re worn out. The clothes you wear should be comfortable and right for the setting.

Find more tips on staying safe while being active, including bike safety, eye protection, and exercising with pain.