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For the Best Workouts, Avoid Injuries

By Tom Herrin

Anyone who wants to have a program of physical activity that works and helps develop the body must have a means of avoiding injuries.  Although injuries may happen at any time, many of them can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.  The best program will incorporate practices that can serve this purpose.  These are not necessarily highly technical or earth-shattering things either.  Paying attention to small details in an exercise program may be enough to make certain that the results desired are the ones achieved.  The alternative is getting injuries that may not only slow progress but sidetrack a program entirely.

Drink Water Like It Is a Supplement

If people will think of water as a critical part of their program, they may pay more attention to it instead of skimping.  Too many times, they may try short cuts, that is, they may only drink when they are thirsty or sip small amounts occasionally.  It has been shown that people need to stay hydrated throughout the day.  Drinking plenty of water before, during, and after exercising can be a key in having success.  Water serves several purposes.  Among them is cooling the body.  Another major job is acting to move nutrients through the bloodstream.  When people are dehydrated, they are more subject to circulatory problems that can be serious.

Warm up and Cool Down

When someone is going about to work the muscles, it is important to warm them up properly.  This may be stretching and/or doing some light activity that conditions them for more serious movement.  Either one of these can help to increase the flow of blood to various parts of the body that will need a good supply in order to perform.  Spending a quality amount of time and attention with this is important.  On the other hand, after exercising, cooling down is just as critical.  This can allow the heart to slow down at the right pace without a sudden stop that may do damage.

Form Good Habits

When we do things consistently, they can become habits.  Whether they are good or bad, they form just the same.  In order to form good habits, we need to maintain a certain consciousness for a while.  After a period of time, they may seem to come naturally.  Acting to preserve and protect our bodies can help us keep them working efficiently for a longer period of time, and isn't that one of our main goals of exercise anyway?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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