Exercising Safely

These are the exercising safely guidelines for fitness training. The companion exercise safety guidelines are for strength training. The companion guidelines are also important because they contain exercise safety for any kind of physical training.

(You will find the link for the companion guidelines awaiting you are the bottom of this page.)

Mild Fitness Training Safety

Avoid walking outside in the dark. If you walk along a road at daybreak or dusk, at least wear a reflective vest and consider carrying a light.

If you listen to something while walking outside, leave at least one ear without an ear phone so you are able to hear traffic or other sounds that might indicate danger.

Cars, of course, can kill pedestrians. Even if a driver sees you, the vehicle might slip into you. So, if the roadside is icy, snowy, or otherwise very slippery, consider walking at a different time or place. If you experience any signs of overuse injuries such as shin splints, postpone your walk.


Intense Fitness Training

Never train without a working heart-rate monitor, and keep an eye on it during your work minutes.

Always do a general warm-up immediately before your work minutes and a cool-down immediately after your work minutes.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop training immediately and seek medical assistance: crushing or spreading chest pain; shortness of breath; radiating pain in one or both arms; nausea and vomiting; heavy sweating; pain in the jaw, head, or shoulders; or a feeling of intense anxiety.

If you haven't already read it, please use the link below to visit the companion page on safe strength training, which contains the general principles for training safely as well as the principles for safe strength training (weight lifting).

Again, as long as you use them with your physician's blessing and in accordance with all the principles for training safely, the strength and fitness training program presented here is safe for nearly everyone.

We are very serious about getting your physician's blessing in advance.

Your physician will take into consideration general risk factors in addition to an assessment of your condition.

For example, risk factors include being older than 50, not having had a physical examination recently (within the last year or two), being overweight or obese, being hypertensive, having certain lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema, or having certain heart conditions such as angina, heart murmur, or abnormal EKG.

If you have certain risk factors, your physician should be able to give you specific advice on how to do fitness exercising safely. Although you may have to proceed more slowly than others, it may be a critical part of a treatment program that will improve your health and enable you to feel much better.

Now enjoy your exercise program in good health!

Web pages related to this page


You might also want to read the exercise safety guidelines and tips for strength training.

Exercising Safely guidelines for strength training.

Alternatively, use the link at the bottom of this page to go to Fat Burning Exercises, which is the first page in this section of our website.

Our recommended book for this subject

Here's an initial reading recommendation:

  • Al Sears, M.D., P.A.C.E.




A useful exercising safely video that includes warm up stretches, warm up activities, exercise, cool down activities, and cool down stretches.



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