One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is starting an exercise regimen. For most, it’s a great idea. Keeping fit is good for both our mental and physical health. From a chiropractic perspective movement is also essential for good neurological health, for your brain and your spine. The bad news is that many of us won’t stick to our exercise regimen. Even worse, many others will injure themselves because they haven’t carefully planned a workout routine that matches their needs and capabilities.
Here are a few tips that will help you get in shape without getting in over your head.
With exercise, start slowly, gradually increase your workload over a number of sessions. Doing too much too soon is one of the leading causes of exercise related injuries. If you haven’t exercised in a while start slowly.
Seek an expert opinion. Most of us tend to think we are more capable and a lot fitter than we are. Before you begin a fitness regimen consult with someone who can help guide you to achieve your fitness goals. Consulting with a personal trainer makes sense. Exercising to get rid of a back or problem actually does not work. See your chiropractor to address the underlying problems before you start. If you have underlying health conditions it may be wise to see your general practitioner.
Know your strengths – and your weaknesses. Even if you are fit, starting a new activity often means starting at the bottom and learning the new skill or sport. Take your time with new exercises and master the basics first.
You are not in a competition. While training with friends can be enjoyable and motivate you to get to your goals, stick to your long term plan. Don’t let training with friends become a competition. You are only competing with yourself.
Accidents still will happen – and problems don’t just go away. Even with care exercising, accidents still will happen. Old problems can return. Seek expert care early so you can continue pursuing your health goals. Pushing through with an injury only ever results in more time off and a longer recovery time. As a chiropractor our focus is on the cause of your problems. We will help guide you, so your body can heal as quickly as possible and you can return to getting in shape. Allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Mark Lane M.Chir B.Sc
CC Guadalmina 4, No. 8 San Pedro de Alcantara
Tel: 952 880 398
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