Tips to remember when exercising

Exercise

Back pain can affect all of us, it has been my experience that people who take regular exercise either suffer less or recover fully and more quickly than those individuals without the positive benefits of exercise.

All of us need exercise – sportsmen and women warm up before competition, as should all workers. The lack of activity e.g. like working in the same position each day, places strain and demands on the postural muscles and can cause fatigue and injury. A well-rounded and effective exercise program is within the reach of all of us.

We can exercise for fun as well as for health reasons. Choose a programme that suites your lifestyle, personal ability & pace.


Tips To Remember When Exercising
  1. Start out easily and slowly.
  2. Gradually increase the number of exercises.
  3. Exercise regularly. Even 20 minutes light exercise four times a week will be of great benefit.
  4. The abdominal stabilizers must be incorporated into your daily exercise programme. They are the “engine room” or “foundation” of all movements and are very important in injury prevention. If you don’t know what this means then ask your osteopath, personal trainer or exercise therapist.
  5. Relax, take your time and enjoy the exercise!
  6. Exercises at work are aimed preventing static posture and stressful activities, so learn some, your Osteopath can show you examples specifically for you. – it only takes a few minutes! It will enhance flexibility in your muscles and joints, improving circulation and helping you to relax.
  7. Regular exercise will improve your circulation, strength and stamina.
  8. A little discomfort while exercising isn’t bad, you should feel the muscles and joints stretching and working.
  9. Exercises should not cause pain that lingers after you have stopped exercising.

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