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Stretching before and after. You need to help those muscles both prepare and recover from the work you are doing.

When you come to a time when you are motivated to improve your life, we always want to support that behaviour.

Motivation is the key factor required to get off the couch and say, “Today I will do this.” That’s a great mindset to have, right?

Of course it is. The problem is that sometimes, especially when it comes to exercise, we initially bite off more than we can chew. Our desire – and motivation – to reach that end goal as quickly as possible overrides our physical limitations during first outings.

Therefore, what happens? We push too hard, ending up with aches, pains and often, strains. Not only is this bodily response frustrating, but it can also cause an emotional setback. You were just trying to get in shape, and your body revolted! It hardly seems encouraging to make a second attempt.

This is why we always tell you to begin slowly – regardless of whether you’re new to exercise, or returning after a break. Your body is a fabulous machine, but it needs time to get accustomed to the rhythm of your workout or sport.

Proper Technique

Running is a perfect example of a workout requiring a building plan. Fortunately, there are myriad resources available online and via apps to teach you the proper technique. The basis for almost all of them involves a hybrid of walking and running until you’re comfortable. In the beginning, you will be doing more walking than running – and there’s no shame in that! You’re up and moving. You’ve already done yourself a great service by choosing to be active.

After all of this, remember the bookends to any successful workout or sports participation: Stretching before and after. You need to help those muscles both prepare and recover from the work you are doing. If you need some help figuring out which stretches best suit your needs, check out this link:

As always, chiropractic is here to help you on your journey to better health. Don’t forget that regular adjustments are vital to keep your bodily system in its best shape possible. Good luck, stay motivated and keep it up!

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