It's incredibly easy to injure yourself while exercising, but if you know what signs to look for you can prevent yourself from hurting yourself too badly. Over at WonderHowTo, Dr Brian Parr explains which symptoms are normal and which to watch out for.
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Former Lifehacker writer Adam Dachis spoke with Dr Parr about what to look for:
Anyone experiencing symptoms including dizziness, nausea, chest pain/discomfort, extreme shortness of breath, or sudden pain/muscle pull/joint pain should stop exercising! In general, people tend to be pretty good regulators of exercise intensity and slow down when they feel too short of breath or muscle soreness. You should feel hot and sweat when you exercise, but feeling very hot, especially if you aren't sweating, is a sign to stop or slow down.
It's easy to overexert yourself when you're trying to reach an exercise goal. So pay a little more attention to your body as work out and you should be able to avoid injury. It seems like common sense, but when you're in the moment it's easy to ignore this stuff. Head over to WonderHowTo for a few more tips.
How to Avoid Injury While Exercising [WonderHowTo]