Safety pointers

Illustration of warning signIf you feel any discomfort or pain whilst exercising, please seek advice from your doctor to check that you haven’t injured yourself or are suffering from a physical condition.

Also, consult your GP about your chosen activity if you have a condition for which you are taking prescribed medication.

Increase the level of activity you do gradually – including the amount of time spent and the intensity. If you’re currently not very active, don’t rush things and start off very slowly.

When exercising, make sure you warm up and warm down. Begin slowly for the first few minutes, building up gradually, and then spend a couple of minutes gradually slowing down at the end.

Stop exercising if you feel pain or dizziness, or if it makes you feel sick, unwell or very tired. And, do not exercise if you have a fever or don’t feel well.

Try to avoid walking or running alone at night/on dark evenings/in isolated areas, and always stick to well lit routes.

Make sure you wear a protective helmet and reflective clothing if you’re cycling, and use lights if you’re cycling at night.

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