Chiropractic Fitness Tips
By Sara Butler
Being active is incredibly important to your health. If you get regular exercise then kudos to you! But simply getting exercise isn’t the only thing you need to be conscious of in order to stay healthy; how you exercise is just as important. Your chiropractor wants you to remember these fitness tips so that you can get the most out of the exercise you do.
You’ve Got to Warm Up
Do not underestimate the importance of the warm-up. If you don’t do it properly, you are setting the stage for an injury to occur that could put you on the sidelines. When you take the time to do a warm-up you are helping to make your routine safer. Unfortunately, it’s a step more people neglect than you may realize.
If you begin exercising when your muscles are tight and cold, then you increase the risk of straining or spraining them. You can tear a ligament, pull a hamstring or strain your lower back easily if you don’t get your warm-up done. All you have to do is some light stretching and calisthenics before launching into your exercise of choice to reduce your chance of injury.
Use the Proper Technique
Every exercise has a right way and a wrong way to do it, and how you do it can be the difference between remaining healthy or injuring yourself. You will need to learn how to do the movements of the exercise you want to participate in correctly and then follow them when you practice or play. Also, don’t try to push yourself above your skill level. If you overdo it, then you are opening yourself up to sustaining an injury.
If you work to become flexible and maintain it, it will help prevent injury and increase your athletic prowess. It’s a good idea to develop a regular stretching routine and stick to it. If you need help with a good stretching routine, your chiropractor makes a great resource. And don’t forget that flexible muscles are muscles that will recover faster after an activity.
After you exercise, it’s crucial that you cool down. For at least 10 to 15 minutes after you end the activity you should take the time to walk and stretch. This will help you to avoid muscle pulls, sprains, and strains.
It’s also really important to remember to drink plenty of water as you exercise in order to keep your muscles and your spinal discs hydrated – it goes a long way toward keeping injuries at bay.
If you have other questions about how to prevent injury in your exercise routine, discuss it with your chiropractor during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic.