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Mastering the Marathon Sans Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

The idea of training for a marathon is exhilarating. There are many things to consider when beginning your journey on such a lengthy goal. At times, you are sure to experience both mental and physical setbacks. Many who train report suffering with back pain as they run mile upon mile, trying to reach the mountain of mileage needed to be successful. Chiropractors say that there is no reason to allow such pain to stand in the way of achieving your goal. A few tips chiropractors suggest you try to help prevent back pain include:

  • Slowly build your workout
  • Stretch often
  • Check your shoes

Slowly Build Your Workout

Knowing how many miles you need to jog to be successful at your marathon can have you trying to start with a large goal. Rather than jumping on the track and trying to get too much in, chiropractors advise that starting small is best. Building your mileage slowly can help you avoid overuse and exhaustion issues which can lead to major setbacks. Although you are excited to make this happen, be sure you start slow and build as you go to ensure a successful marathon in your future. 

Stretch Often

Chiropractors preach the importance of stretching to all those who exercise. This is a great tool in preventing injury and pain throughout the body, especially in the back. When training for a marathon it is suggested that you stretch before you begin your jog, as well as after. There are some who strongly encourage those training for such a race to pause your run to stretch along the way. This helps to release tension which can lead to severe pain. 

Check Your Shoes

Your shoes are another important piece to your training. The more you use your workout shoes, the more the support in them gets worn out. As this happens, it can lead to discomfort and injury. According to research, those who exercise on a routine basis should replace their shoes every three to four months. While you may believe that your shoes are simply broken in, if you have had them for more than a few months, it is likely they are worn out and should be replaced. Check your shoes before heading out on your jog today. 

As you train for your marathon, you may find that you need more help keeping your back pain at bay. Routine chiropractic care can be helpful. Not only can it help with such pain, many professional athletes praise chiropractic care as what helps them stay at the top of their game. If you are considering routine chiropractic care, make a trip to The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 475 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting started can be as painless as dropping by when you are ready. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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