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Make a Workout Work for You, Not Against

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people look for ways to get into better shape.  It is one of the American dreams, sort of.  They often see themselves as going from being pretty soft to much more chiseled.  At least many see that, and it is good to have such lofty goals.  People may be driven by them.  A problem may arise when they become excited about beginning a new program of exercise and let their enthusiasm overshadow their judgement.  This can result in them overlooking the importance of avoiding injury.  Such injuries can end up making a person have to delay the start of their program while they heal or cause them to make considerable changes to their routine.  A few good practices may make all the difference.

Warm-Ups and Cooldowns Are Big

One of the biggest things many people do is skip warm-up -- or skimp on it.  They may not realize that it is as much a part of an exercise as the activity itself.  A good warm-up can help to increase blood flow to all parts of the body slowly.  This makes certain that the tissues get proper oxygen and nutrients.  The cool down is just as critical as it allows the body an opportunity to slow down the heart rate and the blood vessels to return to normal.  Spending quality time on both of these may be great for avoiding injuries.

Clothes May Do More Than Make a Person

Knowing what kind of conditions people are dealing with when they exercise can help them to plan for the most successful outing possible.  If it is pretty warm, it is essential to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.  If it is cold, they will need to wear something that allows them to warm themselves in a reasonably short period of time.  It won't hurt to be cool for a few minutes, but they will want to be able to get warm enough so as to avoid muscle injuries.  Getting them in the cold can be miserable.

Be Informed

We need to study our surroundings and know what works for us.  And no, even if we think we do fine without warming up, it will catch up with us at some point.  I exercise in the heat some, but I make a point of getting out and getting the feel for how the heat will affect me.  If it is cold, it can be tricky.  I try to start out wearing something that leaves me cool enough so that my activity will warm me after 15 minutes or less.  I have found that neglecting something I know is right can create problems for me.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midwest City, Okla.

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