Chiropractic Tips for a Safe Gym Workout
By Sara Butler
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are huge fans of exercise. After all, it's good for your spine and your overall health, so what's not to love? But there are some precautions you should take to ensure your gym experience is an injury-free one. Here are some tips from the chiropractors at The Joint to help you prevent injuries during your exercise sessions.
Rules of the Gym
You're likely pretty careful not to get hurt when working out at the gym, but it's not enough to avoid weights people left on the floor, you have to care for your body the right way. You can do this by:
- Acknowledging pain - When you've been told "no pain, no gain," you need to forget that! Pain when you move during exercise isn't a good thing. Sure, exercise can be challenging, but it's not supposed to be painful. Don't keep pushing when your body is trying to tell you that something simply isn't right.
- Focus on movements - When you're at the gym and working out, make sure to focus on the movement of your joints as you go through your exercises. Make sure your form is up to snuff, too, so you don't overextend your joints and hurt yourself. If you need help, talk to a trainer at your gym or the chiropractors at The Joint for some tips.
- Warm-up - If you're not warming up before exercise, then you're making a big mistake. You cannot expect the best from your body during a workout if your muscles are not warmed up and ready to perform. Make sure to increase your heart rate and go through some basic exercises in order to warm up right.
- See the chiropractor - Chiropractors are a valuable resource to help you prevent injuries and treat you should injuries occur. Their goal is to help your body to function as it should so that when you hit the gym, you are performing at your very best.
If you can't afford a gym membership, don't underestimate using your own body weight to help you achieve physical fitness. Planks and squats are two things you can do at home that will help you to get results and lower your risk of injury.
Exercise is so good for you health, but if you have to take steps to ensure you don't get injured in the process. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint for some tips on how to make your workouts safer.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.