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Injuries During Exercise Can Be Discouraging

By Tom Herrin

In an effort to improve overall condition, lots of people choose to include some kind of program of exercise.  It can help to burn calories and build muscles and/or endurance.  In doing so, there is always some risk of injury.  When these occur, all of the efforts made to begin a workout routine may seem to go out the window.  An injury early on can cause a person to put everything on hold while they heal.  In many cases, this is enough to discourage someone who is just starting out.  Preventing injuries should be a major goal for anyone to have success.

A Slow Start Is Not So Bad

For many activities, when people start out slow, it is like dogging it.  When they are involved in a physical activity, beginning at a slow pace may be the best practice.  This can allow them to make the necessary adjustments as they get a little more into the activity.  A gradual increase in intensity is the best way to go.  This can allow the body to become accustomed to the stress gradually.  

Water All of the Time

Anytime people are physically active, it is essential that they drink water and plenty of it.  It is almost impossible to drink too much of it.  For the best results, on the day of a workout, they should begin drinking well before the session and continue through it and afterwards.  Water is essential for the body to work efficiently.  It helps to maintain good blood flow as well as serves to both cool and heat the body.  When people are not drinking enough of it, their performance will be hampered  for those participating in activities that are particularly stressful, they may need to drink something such as a sports drink to replace electrolytes.

Be Committed to Protecting Health

Exercising is not just about building strength.  If we don't shield ourselves against injuries, our best effort may seem to unravel.  Picking up an injury while in the midst of seeking to get in better shape is quite counterproductive.  Turning our attention to healing from something that may have been avoided can be frustrating.  At best, it will slow our progress.  At worst, it may discourage us to the point that we give up.  We need to feel motivated by our efforts because that is when we may see the most progress.

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

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