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Activity Is Better Without Injuries

By Tom Herrin

The decision to begin physical activity may seem like a big one to many people.  At least, it is a step in the right direction for those who feel as if they are slipping in their overall health.  Even a rather moderate program can do lots of good things for health and is always best when done on some kind of a regular basis.  Many get excited at the thought of what may be accomplished and may also get lost in their enthusiasm.  This is understandable for anyone who feels as if they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  That light could be dimmed, however, with an injury obtained while in pursuit of progress.  With a little caution, such injuries may be avoided.

Stay Hydrated

One of the first rules of physical activity is to drink lots of water.  Water is the basis of life.  It is necessary for blood flow as it is the vehicle that moves it.  When people get dehydrated, they have a greater risk of circulation issues, blood clots, etc.  Water also acts much like a radiator.  It helps to heat and cool the body.  Those who participate in physical activity should drink water regularly.  This includes before, during, and after working out.  Waiting until someone is thirsty may be a bit too late.

Be Aware of What the Body Tells You

It is up to everyone to be an informed participant in their own program.  Listening to the body is a good way to know when a particular part has the potential of being injured.  Much of the time, if something doesn't feel right, it may not be.  Going ahead and pushing to the limits may do harm.  It can end up injuring the parts in question.  In order for these to heal, they may require rest for a while as they repair themselves.  This can cost time as a person may lose their motivation to continue.  Many people may become discouraged and cease to follow through with their plan.

Make the Most of Your Time

When we do things to help us to avoid injuries, we are far more likely to enjoy our activities.  That is what makes them work.  We all respond to some kind of motivation.  Injuries can put a damper on that.  If we make a point of preventing those injuries, we may expect success.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Irving, Tex.

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