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Injuries Need Not Disrupt Exercise Plans

By Tom Herrin

No one wants to be hurt.  It just doesn't go well with anything that can improve health.  There are occasions, however, when people get really enthused about a fitness plan and they may forget about taking the necessary steps that can protect them from injuries.  As a result, they may end up with issues that can totally deflate their efforts.  There is nothing quite as bad as looking forward to doing something that may generate overall improvement only to end up with an injury that can sideline and discourage them.  Looking ahead can be the simple way to head that off and make the experience one that is enjoyable.

Avoid Getting Ahead of Yourself

When people are full of enthusiasm, it is sometimes difficult to contain themselves.  The desire to see big progress fast may be too much to handle.  An individual may attempt to move up too fast and end up straining something.  It is far better to take small steps.  Those who are wanting to increase their levels of physical stress are better off to take it in increments.  Starting with a minimal amount of stress and slowly adding to it is the best way.

Pay Attention to Dress

A lot of factors come into play when people dress for physical activity.  Heat and humidity can be major things to consider.  It is important to know what the conditions are.  When it is hot, clothes should allow for good circulation of air so that they can cool properly.  When it is cold, people need to dress so that they will begin slightly cool and warm up as they move.  If they warm too much, they risk overheating.  If they remain too cold, they may have other problems such as frostbite.

Make It Enjoyable

No matter what kind of activity program we choose, it needs to be something we can have a little fun with.  If we dread doing it, we are not going to have much success.  If it is fun, we will more likely look forward to it.  That is what motivation is all about.  If we can avoid injuries, we will probably make the kind of progress we seek.  We will feel better about ourselves and our health in general.  Let it be a good thing for all of us.

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

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