Exercise Safety – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

By on June 18, 2014

I can easily relate with people wanting to lose weight.

I was over 200 pounds at one point…and wanted desperately to do something about it.

I hired trainers who didn’t know what they were doing (and could have hurt me if I had followed their instructions) – and I caused a lot of digestive problems for myself thanks to multiple eating disorders and fad/ yo-yo dieting.

Look, I get it…

Everyone wants to look and feel their best.

And you know what?

That’s perfectly fine and healthy.

When we’re in this state of being, we tend to naturally command better treatment (or at least tolerate far less crap) from others.

That’s just the way it works.

However…

On that note, it’s also imperative to understand what it means to be mindful, careful and deliberate when it comes to your health and fitness routine.

Because the truth is…

When we are “in hate” with ourselves – we tend to make irrational, impulsive and uninformed/ misinformed choices about our well-being.

And when we make decisions that stem from a place of emotional turmoil – we are careless and we put ourselves in a position to get injured – or worse – in a lifestyle otherwise designed to bring us optimal health and wellness.

So because this is such an important topic – I’m going to go over a few exercise safety tips to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to making the most out of your fitness routine.

Exercise Safety – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Now before I continue, I will just take a moment to mention that there is an entire book dedicated to the topic of exercise safety.

In fact, a few of the things I will be covering in this post are discussed in the book in further detail, in addition to several other need to know ‘rules’ to help keep you and anyone else who exercises informed about how to go about their fitness program in a safe and structured way.

I’ll reference the book again toward the end of this article and encourage you to check it out to gain additional awareness on the subject, as most exercise related injuries are unnecessary and preventable.

Exercise Safety Tips

Tip 1 – Choose Your Trainer Wisely

Although it’s normal to think that because someone carries the title of personal trainer that it means they are in a position to help you get into shape and live a healthy life…the truth is that there are no regulations as to whom may call themselves a trainer – or what type of education they may (or may not) have.

Not all fitness professionals are alike.

In fact – there are ‘certification programs’ out there that require little more than paying a fee and taking a simple exam before allowing someone to print out a piece of paper declaring that they are a certified personal trainer.

So when it comes to choosing a pro to help guide you in the right direction in regard to your health and well-being, just make sure to find out where (and if) they have been educated and that they understand and practice mindful and appropriate training protocols.

Tip 2 – Respect Your Current Level of Fitness

This is a very important tip…referencing back to what I said earlier about making decisions and taking action stemming from a place of emotional turmoil. When we feel bad about ourselves and see ourselves as unworthy, we often look to ‘fix our broken and damaged selves’ as quickly as possible.

This translates into choosing fitness programs that may be way too advanced for our current level of fitness and can easily end up resulting in an unnecessary injury or even quitting because you took on too much too soon.

Balance is always the key – and in order to practice balance – you must accept your current state of reality for what it is, and then from a place of emotional Intelligence…choose a program that will challenge you but still respect your (current) limitations.

If you haven’t worked out in a while, or are new to exercise in general, choose a program designed for a beginner. As you gain strength and learn to perfect your form, you will then be in a position to carefully and strategically increase your level of difficulty.

It’s following the wisdom of” walk before you run”.

Tip 3 – Beware of Myths and Quackery and Other Misinformation

Now I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is an abundance of information out there in regard to health and fitness – and everything else.

And if you’re like me…you care about whether or not this information is true – or if it’s a scam designed for profit.

Because it can be tough to know what’s true and what isn’t when it comes to advertising health and fitness products and programs…it’s wise to practice critical thinking when it comes to making decisions that impact your life.

If you come across a gadget, diet or anything else that promotes a quick fix, sounds too good to be true or simply doesn’t sound natural – then you may just want to give it a second thought before investing your money or faith in such things.

Truth is simple. Lies are complicated.

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A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You) is a book that is loaded with sound advice and professional guidance in an effort to help you stay informed and properly guided when it comes to choosing a safe and structured fitness program.

It took sitting through 360 hours of academic lecture and hands on practical training to learn about how simple, but incredibly important safety practices are often overlooked and ignored.

So in learning about how this lack of information served to be a huge hindrance to humanity when it comes to establishing a program designed to deliver optimal health…I felt it was my responsibility to bring this information to the public.

I’m going to paste a couple of videos in an effort to enlighten you as to what else this book has to offer…and I hope that when it comes to making decisions about your well-being – you remember to be mindful and deliberate.

Have you ever given any thought to the subject of exercise safety? Did you know you needed to?

About Dana Gore

Author of the book A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You), Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.

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