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The Right Kind Of Pain

Listen to your body!!

Listen to your body!!

The Right Kind Of Pain

You’ve likely heard the expression, “No pain, no gain”, right? This often applies to many different situations in life, including exercise to get in shape, tone or drop weight. But when pain is severe or prolonged, there is “no gain”, you could actually lose a lot!

There are many tips to help you, so you can avoid workout injuries. Some of them include:

  • Warm Up – Warm muscles are far less likely to tear than cold ones. So, if you’re going out for a run, walk a bit first, then trot before you go into full running mode. Stretching your muscles, especially those you’re going to be using, will also help you to avoid injury.
  • Cool Down – The same is true when you complete an exercise session. If you just automatically stop when you are done with your workout, this could cause an unsafe drop in your blood pressure. For example – after running, slow down to a walk again before you stop your exercise. It’s also very important to stretch out those muscles again.
  • Keep Hydrated – Water, water, water! Be sure that you are drinking water before, during and after a workout! Drinking plenty of water replaces the fluids you’ve lost from sweating and exertion.
  • Take It Easy – You can’t expect to run a marathon your first day out. Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time spent as well as the exertion level for your workouts. For example, if you’re participating in weight training, you don’t want to start with the heaviest weights; you’ll want to start light and then gradually increase the weight levels.
  • Listen To Your Body – If you’re feeling that you’re in pain, your body is trying to tell you something. Ignoring the pain will only make it worse, so stop what you’re doing and give your body a few days to recover before you start up again.
  • If The Shoe Fits – It is very important to make sure that you’re wearing the right shoes for the exercise you are doing. By wearing the proper shoes, you will be helping to reduce the impact of the exercise on your body, particularly your ankles, shins, calves, knees and other joints.
  • Learn The Proper Techniques – For any new workout routine you are attempting for the first time, its helpful to learn the proper technique. Correct technique is just as important as warming up to avoid injury.

When you decide to exercise you are making an important choice for your overall health – it is just as important as diet/nutrition and regular chiropractic care to keep your nervous system fit and in good health. Just remember, slow and steady wins the race – start out slowly, don’t overdo it and stop if you feel any type of pain, to avoid serious injury. But… if you do experience any pain, be sure to let us know.

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