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Unnecessary Injuries Can Be a Downer

By Tom Herrin

Most people go through a period in which they want to see some physical improvement in their own personal progress.  Whether it is some kind of packaged program or an individual routine, it is important that people do whatever is necessary to keep from adding injuries to their list of things they are trying to overcome.  While rehab can go hand-in-hand with some exercise, it is critical to avoid getting injured during an exercise session.  The truth is that it happens much more than many people realize, and it is often due to a failure to communicate.  That is, they are out of touch with their bodies.  

Dress for the Activity

Exercising is important enough to allow for a proper attire.  Choosing clothes that allow good movement and airflow can sometimes be the difference between greater motivation and a feeling of total failure.  If clothing is restrictive, a person will not be able to move well.  If they cannot cool enough, they will possibly experience frustration and failure.  Poor movement due to restrictive clothing could end up with someone paying the price with an avoidable injury.  Wearing the right apparel may have far more effect than one might think.

Speak the Right Language

When people are listening to their bodies, they are far more likely to recognize their own needs.  If something is not just right with it, the body may tell them so.  The feeling that something is a little out of sorts may be a way the body expresses needs.  It is never wise to get into an exercise session without things being as they should.  Many times, some odd ache or stiffness may be a way the body is letting the individual know that physical stress is not best at that time.  People may be able to avoid lots of injuries by learning to understand the language that is spoken by their body.

Exercise Has to Be Fun

While many people are not big fans of sweating and getting hot and tired, there is some reward for doing so.  As we move and exercise, we have a critical need to make progress.  Without the opportunity to do that, we will have little motivation to do more.  Receiving an injury during a workout is almost always counterproductive.  We may be turned off and be forced to take an extended break before we resume the activity.  Once we have taken that time off, at least for me, it can be pretty tough getting back on track.

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

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