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Important Details to Remember Before Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise is important. We need it for overall better health. We need it for energy and strength.  But if we're being honest with ourselves, exercise can also be hard. It's tough to find the motivation to start, and it's tough to find the motivation to keep going. But changing our perspective -- even just a little bit -- can completely alter our ideas on working out. But how do we do this? If you want to get the most from your exercise routine, take a look at these things to keep in mind before you even begin.

Support Matters

Support comes in many forms when it comes to exercise. First, you have your literal support. You need shoes and clothes that support your body. This makes the body more comfortable and also helps you avoid injury. And then you have metaphorical support. You need friends who will push you to reach your goals. You need people who will help you keep going when it gets tough. If you can find support -- as much support as possible -- exercise becomes a ton easier. 

Don't Give Up

If you're getting up and going to the gym, you're doing a good job. You might not feel like it, but you're already moving in the right direction. So you lacked energy today? You skipped one rep? You really, really didn't want to come? You did it anyway? You're still doing better than all of the people sitting on the couch. The most important aspect of getting in shape is consistency. So don't give up, and you're already halfway there. 

Form First

Before you do any move, keep in mind that quality is better than quantity. What does this mean? It means you should strive for one really good move rather than 50 really poor moves. Form matters! When form is bad, you won't be gaining the most benefit, and you'll be opening your body up to pain and injury. Make sure that you're doing each move correctly, and you'll be more likely to see the results faster. 

Exercise is tough. The challenge is what makes your body change! But if you go in with the right perspective, the exercise becomes easier. Use these thoughts to get you prepared, and enjoy the boost in health that comes with your new regular exercise routine.

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

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