Physical Activity and Safety
Although physical activity is extremely beneficial to the body and mind, the “no pain, no gain” motto is not the best to follow. Physical activity can improve balance and strengthen muscles and bones. And strong muscles and bones can reduce the risk of injury, but pushing the body past its limits can increase this risk. Any injury to an employee will affect healthcare costs, absenteeism, disability, as well as productivity.
Encourage employees to participate in consistent, daily forms of physical activity. A slow progression in activity levels will help reduce the risk of injury. Listen to the body’s signals; any sign of pain or discomfort should be taken seriously and activity should be discontinued.
Continuing activity after an injury, even if minor, can exacerbate its severity and setback in any progress made.
Remind your employees to take any injury to the head seriously. Loss of consciousness or head injury should be medically evaluated for concussion.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce risk of injury and concussion. Proper equipment should always be worn when engaging in physical activity.
Find out more about physical activity and safety at Network for a Healthy California
Develop a Safe Exercise Program
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