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Some activities require specific gear, and learning about buying gear
is your responsibility as you learn the sport or activity. Always use the
safety gear recommended for your chosen activity, such as a helmet and knee
pads. Learn about the use and proper fit of such safety equipment.
If you are just trying out a new sport, try renting or borrowing the
gear you need. Make sure the gear fits you properly. If you don't, you risk
Get the right shoes for your activity,
especially for aerobic activities. Shoes designed for running, walking, hiking,
or particular sports have features that will keep your feet comfortable and
well supported for that activity. Replace your shoes often if you exercise
regularly. When shopping for shoes:
You don't need to buy special clothing to exercise, as long as you are as comfortable as possible. Wear clothing that is
breathable (allows air to circulate through the cloth and around your body).
Several light layers often work better than one heavier layer. Each layer
serves a purpose:
If you are outside, don't forget about the sun. Use sunscreens, and consider using:
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHeather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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