June is National Safety Month. We care about your safety and well-being both in and out of the club. As we head into the warmer weather, people are often out partaking in activities they have not done in many months. The first step is to always think safety.
Safety Checklist at CFit:
- HYDRATE – before starting exercise have about eight ounces of water, continue to hydrate with about twice as much during exercise and repeat again afterward.
- PREPARE – by having the proper clothing and footwear for your activity. Arrive on time for classes so you get all the instructions and the proper warmup.
- CONFORM – to the proper methods for the equipment, do not attempt unfamiliar or high-risk techniques. If you don’t know, get help and use a spotter for safety with heavier free weights.
- STOP – take a break or stop your activity if you’re are not feeling well. Common signs of exercise over exertion are: nausea, cramping, dizziness, excessive yawning, pounding head, shortness of breath, palpitations, cold clammy skin or paleness (follow-up with a physician if concerned or symptoms persist).
Safety Checklist – outside world:
- Equipment has been inspected and is in good working order.
- If venturing out alone, a reliable person knows where and when. Cell number is programmed in under ICE (in case of Emergency).
Here is a helpful site for adding ICE to an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy:
- Arrive early so you can scout out your activity and warm-up effectively.
- Make sure you have protective gear, sunscreen and a portable first aid kit.
- Stay hydrated and have a back-up supply of water and energy snacks.
- Take breaks as needed. Keep cool and look out for others, too (including our fur friends who can overheat more quickly).
- Consider getting certified in CPR/AED and First Aid.
- Driving to your destination? …Buckle up, obey speed limits, be aware of traffic and rules of the road. Remember to Share the Road with cyclists (motor or human powered), walkers, runners, boarders and rollerbladers.