No pain, no gain!

This has been yelled for decades inside gyms everywhere. The mindset is if you are not hurting, you are not changing.

Anything worth having requires much the same drive as the pro-athlete. Whether it be getting that promotion at work, running your first 5K, or loosing 10 pounds. It requires a somewhat painful transition from our contentment and current lifestyle to something very different. It means replacing one way of doing things with another. This change can test our willpower and commitment to ourselves and our new goal. Do we stay late at work to put the finishing touches on our presentation, do we run on the treadmill instead because it’s raining outside, do we decline the tempting offer of dessert after dinner? Those small steps of “pain” take us closer to that big reward of “gain.” We cannot have one without the other, just like that pro-athlete.

When it comes to our health, when pain is severe or prolonged, you gain nothing and stand to lose a lot!

There are a number of tips to help you stay safe to avoid workout injuries.

Some of them include:

  • Warming 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 the ones you’re going to be using, also helps you to avoid injury.
  • Cooling down – The same is true when you end an exercise session. You can’t just automatically stop when you are finished with your workout because this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Using running as an example- slow down to a walk again before you just stop your exercise. It’s also important to stretch out those muscles again.
  • Staying hydrated – Water, water, water! Drinking water before, during and after a workout replaces fluids lost from sweating and exertion, especially important in warm or hot weather.
  • Listening to your body – Don’t continue your workout if suddenly you find yourself in pain. Your body is trying to tell you something. Ignoring it can only make it worse, so stop whatever you’re doing and give your body a few days to recover before starting up again.
  • Learning the proper technique for the workout – Make sure you know the proper technique for any new workout routine you are attempting for the first time. Correct technique is as important as warming up to avoid injury.

The decision to exercise is an important one for your overall health – as important as diet and regular chiropractic care – to keep your nervous system fit and healthy.

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