By Jeff Sheppard 22 Jul 2023 no comment 157 Views
Many of us are more sedentary then we would like to be. We know that prolonged sitting isn’t healthy for us. We’re aware that mild to moderate exercise on a regular basis decreases our health risks. It also improves our mood and increases our endurance.
But the number one “how NOT to get active” is to jump up off your couch and immediately set out for a marathon jog, long bike ride, or all-day hike.
How will you feel by the time you get home? Probably awful. You’ll have serious second thoughts about ever doing that again.
And if you forgot to warm up, you might have a new injury. Or you could aggravate an old ache that’s gone untreated. You’ll probably ache for a while from overexertion.
It’s even worse if you don’t have the proper equipment. Examples include a supportive pair of running shoes, a helmet for bike riders, or a water bottle for hikers to prevent dehydration while out on the trail.
This is a great example of how NOT to get more active.
So what do you do if you want to add more activity into your life?
Your chiropractor can help you assess safe, realistic athletic and exercise goals. These goals should be based on your age and health profile. They will also take into account any pre-existing conditions that you may have.
Your chiropractor can also recommend strength exercise and stretches. These exercises are specifically designed to support you in your preferred activities.
Chiropractic care may also include spinal adjustment, corrections to your posture, and nutritional counseling. We can help you prevent new injuries and treat or rehabilitate old injuries. Chiropractic care will optimize your body’s ability to heal itself.
We can guide you into a gentle start. Endurance builds up in small increments. Workouts should be challenging, but they shouldn’t be so intense that they leave you fatigued for days afterwards.
Start slow and you’ll finish your activity with a “runner’s high.” As your fitness improves, you’ll find yourself extending your workouts to stay challenged.
If you’re making the change to a healthier, more active lifestyle, your chiropractor can help.
If you want to make a change for the better, your chiropractor is ready to assist you. Even small levels of regular physical activity can make a big difference in both your short-term and long-term quality of life.
What if you don’t have a regular chiropractor to talk to? Sheppard Chiropractic Centre is accepting new patients! We are also happy to help current and former patients who would like advice on a lifestyle change, like becoming more active, balance testing, starting an exercise program, or taking up a new sport.
Call us at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 to schedule your appointment.