Exercise Safety Tips and Tricks
September 21, 2017
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
For exercise enthusiasts, the thrill is in the challenge. When we push ourselves, we keep our daily routines fresh and engaging, and as we grow, we learn what the body is capable of with a little hard work and determination. That being said, always remember: safety first. Whether you’re just now learning the workout ropes or you’re a seasoned vet adding new exercises to your daily routine, keep it slow, smart and steady. Let’s explore some ways you can keep it safe during your workout
Start slowly. Let’s face it—progress is gradual! You’re not about to become a champion weightlifter or an Olympic runner in a week, and that’s perfectly fine. Keep it slow and easy for the best results.
If you stop, back it up. If for some reason you stop exercising for a little bit (whether sickness, injury or another circumstance), when you get back to your routine, make sure you drop down to a lower level of activity when beginning again. It’s not a step backward, just a precaution.
Get your gear right. Environment is super important. First, consider your surroundings. If you’re outside, dress for the weather. What kind of gear supports your activity needs? Do a little bit of research to figure out what others have had success with and see if that’ll work for you.
It’s totally OK to cool it. If you’re feeling sick, tired or too sore, stop early if you have to! The second your body tells you it can’t continue, pause. Rest is part of the process, too.
Regular visits to your chiro. In order to push your body to its physical peak, you have to make sure your body is “pushable” in the first place. Regular spinal adjustments will help you feel better, function your best and can help prevent or manage injury.
Do not go hard or go home. The goals you can accomplish when you push/challenge yourself are amazing, but overwork and overuse is possible. Going too hard and too often can induce wear and tear, fractures, sprains or stiffness and inflammation.
Learn proper form or technique. Learning anything takes time. It’s great to want to try new things, and we encourage it, but you have to start with the basics. Learn slowly, completely, and put in the work to build from the bottom up.
Water it up. To put it into perspective, you can lose about one and a half liters of fluid for every hour you exercise. Stay hydrated, constantly. Drink water before, during and after exercising so your body can get what it needs to function at its best.