As we enter the new year, many people are thinking about increasing their healthy activities and exercise. While that is a great idea, it is one that should not be rushed into without reviewing all the options.
A new exercise regime is a healthy option but can put pressure on joints and muscles and if approached incorrectly could cause more problems than it helps. If you have any issues with your neck, back or joints there are a few things to consider when planning your new exercise routine.
- Plan your programme. Your new routine, whether it is weight-loss or muscle-toning, should be designed to help you achieve your goal without causing injury. Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, it is best to discuss the routine with your chiropractor or GP to make sure you are capable of doing the different activities.
- Know when you are over doing it. Consulting your chiropractor or GP gives you the opportunity to find out if/when your new routine is pushing it too far. A good exercise routine will push your limits, but you need to know when those limits can cause injury to avoid them.
- Prep properly. Make sure you have the right clothing for your chosen exercise and be sure to stretch and warm up before you start your activities.
- Make the machines work. If you are going to utilise exercise machines, make sure you are using them properly to avoid injury. If you have questions, consult a trainer at the gym.
- Don’t forget to stretch. While you are working out, throw in some stretches for your back and other areas that often feel tight. The more you stretch, the easier it will be to do more activities.