A Chiropractic Guide for New Gym Goers
By Sara Butler
So you’ve decided to join a gym. Bravo! Exercise is incredibly important to a healthy body and mind, which is why chiropractors at The Joint encourage exercise for their patients. But when it comes to fitness, you have to be smart. If it’s been a while since you’ve had that body moving, then it can be a stressful experience on your body that can leave you injured. Here are some chiropractic tips to help you make sure your new fitness endeavor goes great.
Consult with a Professional
Before you hit the gym, discuss it with your chiropractor. They know your medical history as well as any problems you’re currently struggling with so it makes sense they could advise you on which activities may best suit your needs. Chiropractors are also great at helping you to set up realistic fitness goals. Plus, going into a new activity with a balanced spine free from restriction and dysfunction is always the right thing to do!
Once you’ve been given the green light for activity, it’s important to assess your goals. What do you hope to gain (or lose!) by going to the gym? A few ideas to get you started include:
- Improved muscle tone
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Increasing flexibility
- Working in some accountability
Remember, motivation is what will make or break you at the gym, which is why it’s important to have accountability in place for the times you just don’t feel like exercising. Consider signing up for a group exercise class.
Drink Water and Eat Right
Proper hydration and nutrition will help to improve your overall health and wellness, giving you the energy to exercise and do even more to improve your health! The chiropractors at The Joint can help guide you with nutritional counseling to help you make the best choices and learn more about how to fuel your body the right way!
See Your Chiropractor!
When you exercise you always take the risk of becoming injured. But if you can go into your exercise with a body that is healthy and a spine free from dysfunction and restriction, then it improves your ability to stay healthy and injury-free. Remember that chiropractors are qualified to treat sports injuries, so if you experience one, then you know where to go!
Exercise is great for your health but you have to remember to take care of yourself when active, too!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gahanna, Ohio.