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Do a Workout Right to Avoid Injuries

By Tom Herrin

For most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to do something.  Exercise is no exception.  When people become enthused about their program of physical activity, they often get a little too carried away and forget to take care of all of the small things.  Those small things can become big in a hurry without the right kind of attention.  These could be things that are easily done with very little effort.  Some are relatively minor things until they are neglected.  Most are entirely without any cost at all.  They just require attention.

Drink and Feel Good

When most people hear anything about drinking, they may assume it refers to alcohol.  Water is the true wonder drink.  It is necessary for everything.  It should be one of the first things to consider anytime people feel their physical performance is less than they feel it should be.  They should be sure to have a constant intake of water.  If they are going to be physically active, they should make certain that they drink plenty of water a good while before they exercise.  They may need to drink during breaks, and the need to drink afterwards.  Water not only cools the body, but it helps to enable blood to flow better.  It is a critical element in any workout routine.

Don't Overdo It

While it may seem like a no-brainer, it is possible to do too much or go too hard in a workout.  In their excitement to get going, people may jump in without looking.  They may feel that the idea of no pain, no gain really means they will need to hurt.  Doing damage to any body part can be serious.  People need to begin at a level in which they are comfortable and progress as they are able to do so.  Building up slow and steady will usually get the best results.  The feeling they have after the session may be an indication as to whether or not they have gone too far.

Remember Why You Work Out

Your whole purpose is probably to feel better.  This may mean losing weight and/or building muscles.  It may also be to improve flexibility and bone density.  Be sure that it accomplishes your goals.  If you handle it right, you will feel better sooner and not be slowed by injuries.  Make it be yours, and make it safe.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.

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