4 Ways to Prevent Back Pain While at the Gym
By Virginia Laird
Are you one who struggles with back pain during or after a great workout? You are not alone. Millions across the nation share this same battle. While there are some who may have injury leading to such discomfort, others can prevent the pain they are experiencing. Personal trainers advise that many who admit to having pain also suggest they skip out on a few basic gym rules. Chiropractors offer some advice for those trying to eliminate pain from their workout, including:
- Avoid using machines without knowing how they work
- Try not to do too much
- Stretch before beginning
- Use correct posture
Avoid Using Machines Without Knowing How They Work
If you are like me, the fear of looking a bit silly on a machine you know nothing about may keep you from giving it a try. However, there are many who will jump on any machine and go without knowing the proper technique. Chiropractors suggest that using any equipment without knowing how to properly execute the exercise can cause injury to the body. It is best to find a personal trainer or fitness instructor to help advise you on new gym machines. If all else fails, use your phone to find a how to online.
Try Not to Do Too Much
Personal trainers admit that far too many try to do too much too quickly. Yes, results are nice, but it is never wise to add too much to your exercise before your body has adjusted. Chiropractors suggest that doing too much of anything too quickly is a sure way to lead to back pain, and at times injury.
Stretch Before Beginning
Chiropractors advise that skipping the pre-workout stretching is a sure way to become injured or have pain. Many people skip a stretch to save time while at the gym, never realizing it can be detrimental to the body. Slow down, there is always time for light stretching. There is no need to spend hours warming up, but a quick five minutes of stretching can help prevent injury.
Use Correct Posture
Using correct posture is never an option for those desiring a pain-free life. This is especially true for those who want to exercise without pain. Chiropractors admit that correct posture while exercising may be more vital than any other time. It is suggested to take your time; when you notice you are using incorrect posture, pause and take a minute to correct it before continuing your workout.
Now you are ready to tackle any exercise you may desire without the company of pain. Good luck and get moving!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Webster, Tex.