When you have chronic pain, it may seem like a challenge to get the exercise you need. However, your body needs physical activity since it helps various body systems, including your musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. This is quite a conundrum.
However, you can have the best of both worlds — little pain and beneficial exercise. Let Enlighten Chiropractic, serving Lakeville, MN, and the nearby region, help you get there.
Wear Supportive Shoes
Anytime you exercise, you should have on supportive shoes. In other words, you need to have footwear that provides adequate arch support.
The arch of your foot serves many purposes, such as supporting your body weight when you’re upright. Not to mention, it absorbs shock when your feet meet the ground.
Moreover, your arch consists of the plantar fascia and other soft tissue. When it doesn’t have support, you stretch it, which can lead to small tears. Particularly, if you overextend the plantar fascia, you may develop a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Besides the potential for foot problems, inadequate footwear can cause a domino effect and trigger problems with your knees and back as well. The unsatisfactory footwear can make current back and joint problems worse or even cause them.
Choose the Right Exercises for You
Exercise comes in many forms, from swimming to walking to jogging and more. No one exercise is right for everyone.
If you have joint issues, consider low-impact exercises. A prime example is swimming. You get all the cardiovascular exercise you need, but the buoyancy of the water eases pressure on your joints.
Walking is another low-impact exercise. You receive cardiovascular benefits, and it burns calories. However, it doesn’t put excess stress on your joints.
Additionally, stationary exercise bikes can increase your heart rate and burn calories, but they won’t place excessive pressure on your joints.
Know the Proper Form
If you’re partaking in any exercise, you should know the proper form for that physical activity. For instance, when you do sit-ups, you lie on your back with your knees bent in front of you. Your feet need to stay firmly planted on the floor.
When you don’t perform the physical activity properly, you can strain certain areas of your body. This practice can lead to pain in those regions, even if you never experienced pain there before. You also put yourself at risk of an injury.
If you’re unsure of how to do an exercise correctly, wait to try that physical activity until a Lakeville chiropractor educates you.
Know Your Limits
You’ve probably heard the mantra, “No pain, no gain.” While this may work for bodybuilders, pain is your body’s warning sign that something is wrong.
As a general rule, if you’re feeling pain, you should back off that exercise. Take a rest or alter your physical activity, so it’s not as intense.
If you’re new to exercising, it’s not a good idea to walk three miles. Start off slowly and gradually build up. Your muscles will have time to adapt, and you won’t feel excessive pain or cause an injury.
After an injury, give your body time to recover before you start exercising again. A Lakeville chiropractor can determine when it’s safe for you to resume exercise.
Visit a Lakeville Chiropractor
As a specialist in the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor can serve many purposes for helping you receive the exercise you require with less pain.
A chiropractic specialist can help you choose exercises that are most beneficial for you and won’t cause excessive pain. Your practitioner will also educate you on how to perform exercises properly. And if you should happen to have an injury, this specialist can aid in your recovery.
In addition, during routine chiropractic care appointments, your practitioner can help you increase endurance and flexibility, so you’re less likely to experience an injury or pain in general.
You don’t need to be a marathon runner to achieve optimal health. Always focus on exercises that are safe for you and at a level that’s comfortable. Moreover, remember that Enlighten Chiropractic has your back, knees, and other body parts, so we can help you stay healthy and active with less pain.
Contact Enlighten Chiropractic in Lakeville, MN, for an appointment today by calling 952-232-1935.