Staying physically active is important for your physical health, your mental health and your overall well-being. Especially during the COVID-19 outbreak that has currently closed most public gyms and group fitness classes, remaining active and keeping your heart rate up is more important than ever. Before you start a workout, you need to be conscientious of how certain exercises will affect your body, especially if you’re not used to performing them. The following article will offer you three tips on how to work out safely and securely to prevent an injury.
Be Aware of Your Physical Limitations
Whether you’re planning on lifting weights or going for a sprint, be mindful of your physical limitations. Working out is a long-term process, not a short-term venture. For example, if you’re planning on doing bicep curls, but you haven’t worked out in 25 years, start at a low weight, and through consistent exercise, you’ll gain muscle and strength that will allow you to lift more. The same principle applies to your cardiovascular; if you used to run marathons but haven’t in a long time, start slow and go for a jog. You’ll eventually hit your fitness goals but be realistic with yourself to prevent injury.
Prioritize Your Pre-Workout and Post-Workout Routine
One of the most effective ways to prevent an injury while working out is to stretch the muscles you’ll use. For example, if you’re going for a long-distance jog, focus on stretching the different muscle groups in your legs, including your glutes, hamstrings, ankles and calves. If you’re planning on training your back, give it a hearty stretch before lifting weights.
After the workout is complete, don’t head straight for the showers or your couch. Perform a series of low intensity stretches or gradually decrease your jogging/running speed to reduce your heart rate for optimal health results.
Treat Sore Joints with Tape
At Hardick Chiropractic, we have many patients that visit our office with nagging, chronic pain in their joints. Often, the pain is accentuated by workouts, including weightlifting and cardiovascular exercises. This pain can be sharp and uncomfortable, but it can also worsen an injury or stop a person from engaging in physical activity. Dressing sore joints and muscles with tape will reinforce the sore areas and improve your durability as you perform your workout routine.
Regardless of your age, being physically active can make a positive impact on your life. If you’ve recently suffered from a sports injury or feel aches and pain when you engage in specific exercise routines, reach out to your local chiropractic office for remedies and practical solutions. For more information, contact Hardick Chiropractic today!
Dr. B.J. Hardick is a Doctor of Chiropractic and internationally-recognized natural health author and speaker. His health journey began as a child — alternative medicine is the only medicine he has ever known. In 2009, he authored his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans. In 2018, he authored his second book, Align Your Health. An energizing and passionate speaker, Dr. Hardick shares his lifestyle methods to numerous professional and public audiences every year in the United States and Canada. His teachings encompass the principles of ancestral nutrition, detoxification, functional fitness, mindfulness, and green living.