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Treat Yourself Special and Avoid Injuries

By Tom Herrin

The human body is a fine piece of work.  It is well-designed and performs all kinds of functions.  It is literally made to last a lifetime.  With that being the case, it is up to each individual to see that the correct maintenance is done in order to keep it working at its highest, and most efficient, level.  Engaging in physical activity is essential for most people, but it is also pretty important to be keenly in touch with their own body.  If they are, they may be able to understand when it is in the best operating condition and when it is in need of rest or other help.  There are a few basics that should always be taken care of.  

Drink Water Before, During, and After

The body must be hydrated in order to function at its best.  Water acts in several capacities.  It is a critical part of moving things through the blood.  Inadequate supply of water can result in issues with circulation and general health.  Another primary function of water is to help cool the body.  It is necessary for perspiration.  For those who intend to be physically active, they need to drink plenty of water well in advance of their workout.  Drinking at appropriate times throughout the session should happen to keep it all going.  Drinking water following the workout will help to replace that which was lost.  This is a big part of overall maintenance.

Don't Try to Be a Hero

While everyone needs to push themselves, there is no reason to do this beyond their own abilities.  This includes what is needed at the present time.  If a person feels that something is not right, there is a good chance that it is not.  If the body feels less than able to work, there is a greater chance of injury occurring.  Strains and similar injuries can happen more often when the body is simply not ready.  Even though someone wants to make progress each day, their body may need rest in order to repair something.

Develop a Feel

I have been guilty of pushing myself too hard to get those good results.  There was a time in which I was working out too much.  I was not allowing myself enough time to recover before I went at it again.  As a result, I began to experience pain any time I even released my grip.  I was still in high school and found that it hurt just to put a book down.  I soon found that what I had done was overtax my body.  The simple fix was to give it  rest.  I was a little guilty of failing to take enough water breaks as well.  Coach Bear Bryant famously worked his team while at Texas A&M to the excess, earning them the name "Junction Boys" for an infamously grueling training camp in Junction, Tex.  Bryant later admitted that he had limited their access to water during the heat, which was a serious mistake.  We all need to make the most out of whatever we do.  Developing a good feel can make us more successful.

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

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