By: Brian Tomlinson
Whether you’re working out at the gym or at home, safety is important. Experience all the benefits of exercise while staying safe and free from injury using these tips:
Drink more water –Water intake is important before, during and after your workout to prevent dehydration. You can lose around one and a half liters of fluid for every hour of exercise.
Use the correct form and technique—Using your muscles correctly helps to ensure you’re completing a safe and effective workout. If you’re unsure of the correct form and techniques for your workout, see a fitness specialist at the Center.
Stretch after your workout –To keep your muscles pliable and flexible, have a good stretch after your workout to promote oxygen flow and speed muscle recovery.
Have some protein –Choose healthy sources such as fish, poultry, lean meats, nuts, lentils and quinoa for protein. Protein helps to build muscle and a lack of protein can prolong muscle soreness.
Take a rest day –Give your muscles time to heal by adding a rest day in-between workouts. Give your muscles extra time if needed for a safe workout.
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