We don’t have to tell you that getting injured is the absolute worst. You miss out on valuable gym time, are unable to complete day-to-day tasks easily, and it really freakin’ hurts. While some injuries are unavoidable accidents, there are always steps you can take to help protect yourself as much as possible. Simple things like remembering to take the time to stretch properly before working out and having the correct footwear or gear can go a long way to make sure your body is able to withstand your workout.

Here are 10 preventative steps you can take to keep you in the gym and out of the doctor’s office.