3 Tips to Help Avoid Back Pain While Jogging
By Virginia Laird
Imagine yourself lacing up your shoes preparing for a nice, leisurely jog. The weather is a perfect 65 degrees with a subtle breeze, enough to keep you from getting too warm while on the path. Your wireless headphones and phone are fully charged. You are excited to hit the pavement on this particular day. As you get five minutes into your run, back pain ensues. This can devastate a workout and stop you in your tracks. Far too many have experienced this very scenario. Don’t let this happen to you. Chiropractors offer a variety of suggestions for help preventing back pain from stopping your routine run, including:
- Stretch before beginning the jog
- Use good, relaxed posture throughout the run
- Consider routine chiropractic care
Stretch Before Beginning the Jog
While you may feel like you can get out of the car and begin the jog, it is imperative to stretch before taking the first step on the track. Chiropractors suggest that doing so can help release tension in the body and back. It is recommended to spend at least five minutes stretching before (and after) working out, which includes jogging.
Use Good, Relaxed Posture Throughout the Run
Have you ever noticed how the upper back can get tight during a long jog? This happens as poor posture is used. Chiropractors advise it is best to use good posture while trying to maintain a sense of relaxation in the shoulders and neck. Jogging while keeping these areas tight can lead to back and neck pain before you ever hit the one mile mark on your journey. If you find that you are not able to relax, don’t be afraid to pause briefly to stretch. This can help relax the body.
Consider Routine Chiropractic Care
Routine chiropractic care is used by millions across the nation to manage and prevent back and neck pain. The spine is constantly moving and shifting. At times, it can cause restriction of function. Routine visits can help restore function and prevent damage. Making time to visit the chiropractor can help keep your spine healthy and ready to tackle whatever workout you decide to participate in. To get started on your routine chiropractic care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 400 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one near you.
As you apply these tips, you may find your jog to be less painful and more pleasant. Find your favorite trail, dust off the jogging shoes, and mark your calendar because the beautiful jogging weather is only a few short weeks away.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Ill.