Regular exercise has numerous benefits, but if you go about it the wrong way, you might end up regretting it for the rest of your life. Research has shown that injury rates may be reduced by up to 25 percent if proper precautions are taken.

Make sure you have a clean bill of health

Don’t avoid that annual medical check-up. If you’re a first-timer or want to start a new exercise program, seek your doctor’s advice first. If you have undiagnosed heart disease or other potentially dangerous conditions, your doctor will recommend the right type and amount of exercise.

Get a personal trainer

If you’re new to the exercise game, you will save yourself a lot of time and agony by consulting a personal trainer. A professional trainer will get you started safely and prepare you for getting the job done efficiently once you’re ready to fly solo.

Dress for success

Sport specific shoes, clothes and safety equipment might make a sizeable dent in your pocket, but will save you a lot of money in the long run, as it will protect you against a number of injuries. Make sure you’re always wearing proper footwear, replace running shoes when they’re worn out and wear clothes that absorb sweat and keep you cool and dry.

Don’t skip foreplay

Even if you

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