women: safety tips
We advise you to consult your GP prior to starting exercise for the first time, particularly if you suffer from high blood pressure, have had a stroke, have a heart, lung, liver, or kidney condition, or if you have been recently been hospitalized.
We would also suggest that you:
- Seek medical attention for any injury, discomfort or pain that you feel during or after exercise.
- Always make sure you have warmed up before you take part in any type of exercise or strenuous activity.
- Always stretch at the end of your warm-up and after you have finished exercising, to help prevent stiff and sore muscles.
- Never stretch if you haven't warmed up, as it can lead to injuries. The best time to work on improving your flexibility is at the end of a workout or after a thorough warm-up.
- No matter what the activity, always maintain a good posture. Make a habit of checking your posture to make sure your back is never in an awkward or uncomfortable position.
- Appropriate footwear is your most important piece of equipment, whatever exercise you are doing. Make sure you have the correct footwear for the activity and that they are comfortable and supportive.
- To avoid dehydration, drink water before, during and after physical activity. On hot days, don't exercise outdoors in the middle of the day. Wear light-coloured, loose, comfortable clothing so body heat can escape easily.