Healthy Living

Chiropractors Exercise Tips

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No one needs more excuses to not exercise. Men and women alike have plenty of legitimate and not so legitimate reasons to skip exercising regularly. Whether you workout on a regular basis or are considering a routine that includes consistent exercise don't let  headaches stop you before you've even started. If you're participating in an intense activity like strength training you shouldn't be holding your breath the entire exercise or set. If you find yourself getting a headache during or immediately after you exercise then check your breathing. If you can't breathe while engaging in your strength training then it's too difficult or you're doing it incorrectly. For strength training you should be able to comfortably lift/move the weight for up to 15 repetitions. Remember, it's just as important to focus on your breathing through the exercise as it is to conduct the actual exercise. In order to maximize the movement of oxygen to your muscles it's necessary to exhale when you're lifting and inhale when you're lowering your weight. If you can't do this you may need to decrease the amount of weight you're lifting. If you're getting headaches later in the day, perhaps hours after your workout, you may have not made the exercise connection. What may be the culprit is skipping your warmup. If you're jumping right on the treadmill and running as soon as you get to the gym, then your body may not be able to compensate for the surge in blood flow. The headache may not catch up to you until later in the day so begin incorporating warm ups into your exercise routine to try eliminating these pesky headaches altogether. With New Year's not far behind and spring just around the corner, now is the prime time to get to work in your local gym or at a favorite outdoor activity. If headaches are keeping you away, make sure you're staying hydrated during your workout, breathing during your exercises and warming up before you get moving to make your workout really count without the pain.