Working Out and Staying Safe

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

65-year-old Rick Brown of Marietta was one of three runners who collapsed and died during a half marathon in Detroit over the weekend.

It's a tragedy that has workout safety on the minds of many.

Whether you're a trained marathon runner or a workout beginner, trainers say there are some basic guidelines everyone should follow.

"If there's any upper body discomfort of if they can't hold a normal conversation comfortably they need to back it down, watch their heart rate," Krystal Wittekind, a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Marietta, said.

Trainers also say you should check with a doctor before starting any exercise program.

It's also important to stay hydrated and be even more cautious when exercising outside on hot days.

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  • by P-Burg Location: Runner on Oct 21, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    The timing of this story is insensitive and to try and tie this tradgedy to a news story just to get ratings is very inappropriate. Rick Brown was a trained runner and probably listened to and knew his body better than most physicians. Don't you think that a better story would be overeating and obesity in the community than scaring people away from a healthy activity. Either way this stories timing is disgusting.
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