As the New Year begins, many of us are starting a new regimen of physical exercise on the road to better health, but how do we know if what we are doing is helping or hindering us? Physical exercise places a stress on the body, it is up to us to make sure that it is a positive stress rather than a negative stress. Remember, consult your healthcare professional before starting any new physical exercise program.
Gym: Popularity of new gym memberships grows significantly in the beginning of the year, boosted by ease of availability and variety of different equipment and classes that gyms can offer. The variety, however, leads many of us to have confusion in what is the right choice of activity for each of us. For this reason, it is very important to have professional advice for any program that you start, either from your sports health professional or a certified Personal Trainer. Knowing whether you need strength, flexibility, or cardio training (or a combination) is very important in getting the best results for you, as well as reducing the risk of injury.It is also advised that you consult the resident personal trainers on staff to make sure you are using the equipment correctly.
Running: Running or jogging is a very easy, cost-effective way to expend calories that is enjoyed by many people.We do however need to be aware that running might not be for everyone, running is considered a “high impact” sport and as such those with hip, knee, or ankle problems should consult their physician to make sure running is the best option for them.
Walking: For those needing less “impact” than running, walking is a great alternative, especially for those a little older. To get the most out of walking it is recommended to walk 10 000 steps throughout the day (easily monitored by a pedometer), however, purposeful walking of only 30 min a day is a very good start.
Cycling: Cycling is a very intense form of exercise that is also enjoyed by many. It is very good cardio exercise also focusing on lower body strength and balance. The cycling position can put strain on the lower back if the bicycle is not set up properly. There is a lot of repetitive movement involving the hips, knees and ankles, it is therefore recommended to start with short distances and build upon that.
Swimming: Swimming has the best of all worlds, it can involve a lot of cardiovascular exercise as well as strength conditioning through the interaction through the water. Due to the swimming action, flexibility will be encouraged through the whole spine, shoulders and hips.The water also supports the body and puts very little impact on joints. Swimming, however, is considered a solitary sport, and not everyone has access to a pool.
Tennis: The social aspect of tennis draws many people to play and is a great way to get out and about.Common injuries are due to the quick changes in direction in the game involving the knees and ankles, and arm injuries due to the swinging of the racquet.
It is important that all our patients move towards optimum health and wellness and become 100% functional through the right exercise and Chiropractic.
Join us in March / April 2018 for our launch of 8 Weeks to Wellness™ with guest speaker Dr Joe-James Tilley D.C.See our website for further details and to register your attendance / interest.