While physical activity has many health benefits and active people have been found to be more likely to avoid injury, accidents or poor exercise habits can lead to injuries or other adverse effects. These include injuries to bones, joints and muscles as well as dehydration.
Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the associated health benefits far outweigh the risks. However, there are some key steps that individuals can take to reduce their risk of injury and adverse events.
Key Guidelines for Safe Physical Activity:
To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should:
- Consult with your health-care provider if you have chronic conditions or symptoms
- Understand the risks and yet be confident that physical activity is safe for almost everyone
- Choose to do types of physical activity that are appropriate for their current fitness level and health goals, because some activities are safer than others
- Increase physical activity gradually over time whenever more activity is necessary to meet guidelines or health goals. Inactive people should “start low and go slow” by gradually increasing how often and how long activities are done
- Protect yourself by using appropriate gear and sports equipment, looking for safe environments, following rules and policies, and making sensible choices about when, where, and how to be active
- Take a look at the Parachute Canada resources and tip sheets for some great activity-specific tips, as well as CAA`s Bike Safety website
- Be sure to follow safety guidelines for activities, sports and wheeled activities where you may be at risk of collisions or falling and activities in/near water
- Use safety equipment- g. helmets, mouthguard, pads, etc.
- Follow the rules – e.g. water safety rules and road safety rules
Last modified on Jan 30, 2015