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Chiropractic Tip: Don't Overlook Strength Training

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us know we need to move more to be healthy. Walking, jogging, swimming and biking all show up, but strength training is also critical once we reach midlife.

HarvardHealth says the average 30-year-old will lose a fourth of his or her muscle power by age 70. Meanwhile, as you keep your family going and run through an average day, you need strength training to lift kids, tote the laundry and carry in the groceries.

How to Make It Happen

Strength training offers choices for the gym, home or classes.

  • Elastic resistance bands to flex arms or legs work at home or traveling
  • Free weights work at home or in the gym
  • Ankle cuffs and vests  have a range of weights
  • Exercises such as yoga use body weight to create resistance against gravity

Check with your doctor before you begin new exercises. Then look for the home, gym, and community rec programs to fit your needs.

How Chiropractic Can Help

At the same time, you may want to line up some good support such as The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Their doctors of chiropractic help people find the best answers for health, wellness and fitness every day. They can help you assess your current fitness and define your goals.

Your chiropractor will explain how spinal health affects overall health. The spine encases the central nervous system that controls everything we do from that early morning run to that late night stretch. Keeping the spine healthy helps everything that we do.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease aches and pains and generate an overall sense of wellness. As you assess the benefits, you may want to use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to feel your best.

Together, you and your chiropractor can monitor your strength training as you follow through with tips like these from HarvardHealth.

  • Concentrate on form learning how to align the body and move smoothly to avoid injuries
  • Use light to moderate weights when starting a routine
  • Breathe throughout the exercise to avoid blood pressure spikes from holding your breath
  • Exercise regularly two to three times a week
  • Allow 48 hours between sessions letting muscles recover

When you are ready to start, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you and find out more about the packages and plans for affordable healthcare that requires no insurance. Weekends and evenings are available. No appointments are needed.

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

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