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Don't Let Those Happy Trails Keep You in Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

Now that summer is approaching, it might be a good time to plan some outdoor activities and to get some exercise at the same time.

There's no better time than now to take a trip into the great outdoors than by visiting one of the hundreds of state parks across the nation. Most every park has a variety of hiking trails to choose from, so what better way to keep in shape as well as breathing in the beauty of nature.

However, there are a few things to consider before heading out on the trials.

A Little Prep Work

Most hiking trails are lengthy, ranging from a couple of miles to many more than we can imagine, for instance, the American Discovery Trail which covers about 6,800 miles and stretches from coast-to-coast. Just because you've hiked your local trails a few times, doesn't necessarily mean you're ready for the big ones. First of all you should do a little prep work like working on your endurance. You'll need that prep work as most trails cover lots of different terrain and grades.

Think Safety

Many folks like the idea of getting out and being one-on-one with nature. That's not a bad idea. It gives one the chance to clear their head, relax, and take in some fresh air for a change. While that's good for the soul -- and your overall health -- you should take a few precautions and think safety. If you are unable to take that hike with a partner, at least let a friend or family member know exactly where you're going and where you'll be. It probably wouldn't hurt to check in occasionally on one of your breaks.

Did you know that your local chiropractor does more than make adjustments to correct your spine? If you're feeling pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips and lower back region as most hikers do sometimes, a licensed doctor of chiropractic medicine, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic can help give you relief. With their hands-on, gentle, all-natural, noninvasive, and non-addictive treatment, you'll wonder why you didn't get pain relief help sooner.

The Joint Chiropractic has more than 600 nationwide locations. No appointment is necessary. Just walk on in and ask to speak to one of the professional chiropractors on staff, that can help relieve the pain you're feeling and keep you on happy trails.

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

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