One thing that so often holds people back when they increase their levels of exercise is the aches and pains that come with being more active. Those little niggling pains can be frustrating and even make it impossible for you to complete your workout. So what can you do to deal with these issues and work through them when they do arise? Here are a few simple ways to minimize aches and pains from exercising regularly.
Always Warmup Before Exercising
Skipping the warmup is one of the worst things you can do for your body if you want to avoid the aches and pains that often come with being active. A quality warmup helps your muscles, bones, chemicals, and your mind prepare for the activity you’re about to do. Jumping right into exercise without this preparation can shock your body and mind to a harmful degree. This is when muscle strains, missteps, and confusion can happen. Remember to listen to your body when it tells you that something is off. Your regular warmup might not be working, so it’s OK to try something different.
Always Cool Down After Exercising
As with the warmup, cooling down is a gentle way to tell your body and mind that something different is about to happen. Your body and mind need the transition to go from high energy output back to your normal functions. I like to do stretching and breathwork after I workout. Some people like to walk or do other forms of gentle movement like Tai Chi or yoga.
Hydrate for Better Muscle Recovery
It’s known that your muscles recover faster when you keep your body properly hydrated. Furthermore, you are less likely to experience aches and pains in the first place. Proper hydration keeps your body healthier in general, so make sure you drink plenty before, during, and after your workouts. Adding a drink that has electrolytes can also be helpful if you sweat a lot.
Eat Enough Protein
Eating the appropriate amount of protein each day is another thing that will help your muscles to recover after workouts faster and in a healthier way. Eating a healthy protein-filled diet can also serve your general health by improving your energy. Make sure to consult with your health care provider about which type of protein would be best for you and your health situation. Remember, everyone is different, and what works for someone else could be harmful to you.
Get Regular Massages
When you exercise regularly, you can put your muscles under a lot of strain. Getting regular massages is a perfect way to assist the release of tension and the chemicals that can cause soreness. Find a massage therapist that does the style of massage you want and has various techniques to ease pain and tension quickly and effectively.
See Your Chiropractor Regularly
If you’ve been experiencing a lot of problems with your back and neck, it might be a good idea to see your chiropractor. I know it’s common for patients to only get appointments when they are hurting, however, regular maintenance can help to alleviate reoccurring problems. Do also ask if there are some exercises you can do to strengthen smaller muscles that could be getting missed during your workouts. These can often be the culprits behind minor aches and pains.
Aches and even pain during and after a workout doesn’t mean that you have something seriously wrong. It could just be that you need to change a few things to adapt to the activity you’re doing. That said, if something gets worse or doesn’t resolve, do have it checked out by a doctor. Overall, listen to your body when it’s hurting. It generally means that something is out of balance and needs your attention. Consider switching your workout to something lighter and less strenuous.
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