safety first - an important army standard
The first rule of physical fitness is to make sure the programs or exercises in which you are involved are safe. Safety is always a concern when exercising. By following proper instructions, watching out for others, drinking plenty of fluids, and working out with a friend you can eliminate most safety risks. Additional considerations include:
- Always perform the prescribed warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after the training activity.
- Perform only the prescribed number of sets and repetitions on your training program. Proper form is more important than the sloppy execution of more repetitions.
- Perform all the exercises in the order listed for each exercise in your program. If you miss a day of training, pick up with the next day of your training schedule.
- Exercise with a training partner whenever possible.
- Although a little muscle soreness is to be expected when beginning a new physical training program, do not aggravate injuries by continuing to exercise when you are feeling pain or discomfort.
*DO NOT begin a physical exercise program before talking to a physician, and passing a routine physical examination.