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Have a Good Workout Without Injuries

By Tom Herrin

Most people want to enjoy some kind of physical activity, even if they don't currently do anything.  The general understanding that it can make them feel energized and refreshed often is what drives them to get involved in such.  Once they become committed to being more active, they may be excited to get on with their efforts.  How else can they see real results?  While it all sounds good, doing too much too fast can be a bad idea, especially if injuries happen in the process.  Those injuries received during exercise can be extremely discouraging.  Most of them can also be avoided.

Begin at a Pace You Can Handle

In order to be successful in an exercise program, it is important to keep in mind limits.  Proper warming up can increase blood flow to all parts of the body so that they are getting the nutrients and oxygen they need.  After exercising, allowing for adequate time for cooling down is equally important.  Many times, people skip some of this due to their enthusiasm and pay the price in the way of some kind of injury.  When this happens, it can be deflating as they may have to put their program on hold in order to heal.

Watch Overuse

Another common mistake made by many is working something excessively.  That great feeling gained from the new activity may quickly turn into a painful experience.  While they may think that they are building up some part of the body, they may be doing some damage due to overuse.  It is a common problem that can slow progress to a snail's pace as they may have to stop for a period of time and start over.  They can be a painful reminder to take it slow.

Plan Well and Make It Work

When we plan for anything, we are far more likely to have a greater amount of success in whatever we do.  I know from my own past gaffs that it is pretty simple to overwork a given body part.  I once spent a few days digging fence post holes using a hand operated auger.  I found myself in quite a bit of pain and couldn't understand why I had so much pain.  It wasn't a planned activity, and I thought I was taking it the easy way.  Exercise is much the same and every bit as painful when we get a strain or overuse injury.

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

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