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Injuries Can Be Detrimental to Effective Workouts

By Tom Herrin

When people look for ways to increase the success of their routine of activity, there is a lot to consider.  General conditions of their environment are important.  The kinds of activities are also significant.  One thing that is critical to the success of any program may be to do whatever possible to avoid injury.  Injuries can turn any good effort into a failure.  Not only is it difficult to be physically active when someone is injured, but it can also interfere with the ability to move well and perform the necessary exercises.

Invest Time in Warming Up

All too often, people get excited about a new routine of physical activity and fail to devote enough attention to details.  In the enthusiasm of wanting to make fast progress, many people fail to devote adequate time to getting their bodies ready for physical activity.  A good warm-up should take a few minutes.  It allows blood flow to reach the cells and provide the nutrients and oxygen needed to make them work efficiently.  After the activity, people need to make a point of slowing down and cooling off.  Both of these can help to reduce the chance of injury and leave the body in better condition for exercise.

Avoid Maxing out Right off the Bat

In order for people to build muscles the right way, they need to work up to it.  Jumping in and attempting to do more than the body is prepared for can be a fast way to get an unwanted injury.  The better choice is to take slow steps and make certain that they don't overdo it.  Increasing the intensity or the stress of the exercise a little at a time can yield much better results without risking injury.

Learn by Others' Mistakes

The best example I may be able to provide is the old standard that it is better not to do as I do.  I have overdone workouts to the extent that I ended up with muscle strains that required a considerable amount of rest.  I have also failed to warm up correctly.  I have found from experience that it is critical to warm up and cool down.  Once I learned that lesson, my exercise routine became much more productive.  I enjoy a good session as much as so many others, but I have found that getting unnecessary injuries while doing so only sets me back.  Take the time to make it right, and it will work well for you.

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

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