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Getting Started on Fitness

Health NewsIf you've finally decided to get started on a fitness program, nothing could derail your good intentions faster than an injury. Not all injuries can be prevented, of course. But taking precautions can help reduce your risk of injury and let you enjoy your newfound activity all the more.

Some suggestions from the American Council on Exercise:

You should also take your age and previous level of fitness into consideration. (Read about "Fitness for Kids" "Exercise and Seniors") In addition, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting on a new fitness program.

Planning for success

The American Academy of Family Physicians says the best exercise is the one you will do. They have these tips to keep going strong:

Outdoor fitness

You should also take precautions according to the type of weather you'll be in. On hot or humid days, avoid going outside during the midday when the sun's rays can be intense; make sure you drink enough fluids; wear loose-fitting lightweight clothing; and watch out for signs of heat stroke such as dizziness or high body temperature. (Read about "Heat Stroke")

On cold days, dressing in layers can make you feel more comfortable. You should also remember to protect your hands with mittens or gloves. And watch out for snowy or icy patches that can make you slip and fall. In addition, on days when the weather is less than desirable outside, consider an indoor alternative. You may even find a local program for walking at a nearby mall.

There are also sport-specific precautions to take, such as:

Although you may not be able to avoid all injuries, by taking precautions, you give yourself the best chance of getting started on an exercise program safely - so you can stick with it for good. (Read about "Staying With It")

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