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Don't Let Exercise Be a Pain in the Back

By Virginia Laird

If you are one who struggles to exercise due to back pain getting in the way, you are not alone. Each year, millions across the nation admit to suffering at some point with pain severe enough to prevent a trip to the gym. Health and wellness experts suggest that although exercise is fantastic for the body, it is never a good idea to work through pain; doing so can cause irreparable damage. Anytime back pain gets in the way of regular daily activity, including exercise, it is best to visit your chiropractor immediately. Chiropractors have offered several tips to help prevent pain while exercising, including:

  • Make sure to stretch before the workout
  • Take breaks often during exercise
  • Try taking a yoga class
  • Visit your chiropractor routinely

Make Sure to Stretch Before the Workout

Chiropractors advise one of the most common mistakes made by those preparing to exercise is skipping the pre-workout stretch. This is vital because stretching helps prevent injury to the muscles.

Take Breaks Often During Exercise

Another way to prevent back pain is to make time to take breaks during the exercise. This allows for the muscles to relax for a brief time, allowing you time to stretch out any area which may beginning to feel stiff or sore. During this time it is also wise to hydrate.

Try Taking a Yoga Class

Because yoga is low impact, it can be a great workout for those trying to prevent back pain. This class is slow-paced, focuses on breathing and meditation techniques while strengthening muscles of the body.

Visit Your Chiropractor Routinely

Routine visits to your chiropractor can help prevent back pain. All too often, pain in the back is caused by restriction. Chiropractors work to restore function and keep you on your feet.

If your pain is so severe it makes you pause your workout, it is best to visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic immediately. With more than 400 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one in your community. There are no appointments necessary, making it easy to stop by on your way home from the gym.

Now you are ready to hit the gym confident you can make it through your workout pain-free. Get your yoga pants on and get moving today!

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

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