Exercise & Fitness

3 strategies for safer home workouts

Create a safe exercise space, get safety gear, and practice smart workout habits to reduce your risk of injury.

By , Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

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Working out at home is convenient, but it comes with risks (especially if you exercise alone) such as muscle strains, falls, and injuries. This was evident during the first year of the pandemic, when COVID-19 risks led many people to exercise at home, and exercise injuries resulting in emergency room visits were up about 50% from the year before, according to some insurance company estimates.

To reduce your injury risks when exercising at home, focus on three strategies.

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About the Author

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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Anthony L. Komaroff, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter

Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff is the Steven P. Simcox/Patrick A. Clifford/James H. Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and editor in chief of the Harvard … See Full Bio
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