Keeping in Shape and How it Can Reduce Injuries

Keeping in Shape and How it Can Reduce Injuries Toolbox Safety Topic

Staying in shape is one subject that is rarely discussed as a safety topic. However, a person who stays in good physical condition is less likely to be involved in an accident. They are usually more alert, less subject to the adverse effects of weather and generally able to react more quickly to changing conditions on the job. That is why this is an important subject.

Staying in Shape Reduces Injuries By:

  • Reducing the effects of harsh weather on the body. For example, an overweight person is much more prone to heat illness than a fit person.
  • Reducing the effect of minor injuries. A body in good condition will usually repair itself much faster.
  • Substantially reducing exposure to minor sprains, strains and muscle pulls. Most people in good shape rarely strain or pull muscles.
  • Cutting down the exposure to normal illnesses. The percentages of those people who are in good shape getting colds and the flu are lower. A person in good shape can better fight the germs causing the illnesses.
  • Being more alert to job site conditions. It also makes you quicker to respond to dangerous situations.

How to Improve Personal Fitness

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stretch important muscle groups before working.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink more water.
  • Avoid unhealthy foods, including sugar, alcohol, and processed foods.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking cuts down circulation making cold colder, hot hotter, and injury recovery longer.

Final Thoughts

Most everybody will agree that when you feel good physically, your attitude improves significantly. You are less likely to get sick and you react quicker in dangerous situations. Being in poor shape is unhealthy and puts a strain on your body. Being in shape will improve your muscles and your heart. Staying in good shape is common sense, and common sense is vital to safety.

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