Chiropractic care is designed to restore the body to its natural balance, alleviating any chronic or acute aches and pains and helping to prevent future injury. You can support the changes you are making through your chiropractic care by using best practices while exercising. This will help you create stronger muscles that may help to protect the body and spine from harm. While you should talk to your chiropractor about exercises for your specific symptoms, these exercise tips apply to everyone:
Warm up before exercising
It’s important to warm up before starting any exercise. Try running on the spot or jumping jacks to get your muscles feeling hot and your brow a little sweaty. Once you’re sufficiently warmed up, you should move on to stretching before starting your “real” workout.
You may not think of your workday as exercise, but it’s usually the place where we’re most active during the day. You should try to keep your body in alignment as you go throughout your day. In the workplace, make sure you have an ergonomic chair that’s positioned at the correct height for your computer. Similarly, a comfortable chair at home reduces muscle strain. Don’t forget your mattress, either – since you spend much of the day asleep, a mattress that’s comfortable and adequately supports your body weight is absolutely essential.
Choose the right shoes
Before buying a new pair of shoes, check that they are flexible, stable and comfortable on your feet. Move through your entire range of motion to ensure your shoes feel firmly in place. Shoes for exercise should have padding in all the right places. When your shoes fit well and provide adequate support for your feet, your walk will naturally be more healthy.
Keep Posture on Your Mind
It’s easy to slump at the end of the long day, but perhaps the biggest reason that exercise is so important is that strong and flexible muscles will help you have good posture, avoiding back, neck and shoulder pain. Try to limit your sitting time as much as possible, and if you work at a desk, get up every hour to walk around or do a few simple stretches. If you will be standing for a time, maintain correct posture by tucking your stomach muscles inwards. These simple tips passively work your muscles and result in a healthier spine.
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