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Posted on 06-30-2017

A Happy Healthy Summer

We at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellness are celebrating the arrival of summer time!

We want to provide our community with the top tips on how you can have a happy healthy summer. A lot of our patients have been asking us how to get into better “Summer Shape”. This week we want to chat a bit about how to properly take care of your body while doing some common summer exercises.

Summer Exercises & Safety

We wanted to focus this week on common things people do to help get in shape. We want to address a few areas where you should use caution and suggest exercise advice that will help you get into that “Summer Shape” safely.

Running

Running and walking is one of the most popular forms of cardio exercise in the world.  While it is great for cardiovascular health and can help with shedding a couple pounds, it is important to do it properly to avoid injury.

First things first, use the right equipment.

When running or walking your body faces a tremendous amount of stress and strain on your ankles, knees, and hips. Make sure you are using GOOD RUNNING SHOES. If your running shoes are more than a year old, it is time to swap them out for a new pair that has excellent support.

When running beware running on the road.

  1. There are cars on the road, always be aware of your surroundings.
  2. The road is “crested” along the edges for drainage, meaning if you are exercising on the road, you are on a slightly uneven surface. Try to run on level ground so there is no discrepancy on the height of the road you are running on to avoid imbalances and injury.
  3. Pavement and concrete sidewalks will not give. When you pound your foot into the ground, it will strain your legs. Running on the grass is more beneficial because it is softer and it is not nearly as much pressure on your legs, or even a local school track or State Park walking trail.

Lifting

Here at Coastal Chiropractic, we always advise caution while lifting any kind of weight.

Just a few key things to remember:

  • If your back is involved, keep it neutral the whole time.
    • Curving your back during exercises like Squats, Deadlifts, and Bent Over Rows can cause serious injury and subluxations. Keep a neutral spine, and use a lifting belt.
  • Attack the weights, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.
    • Often we see gym related injuries where people took on too much weight too fast. Take it easy.  You should always take the next step in weight lifting cautiously making sure you're ready for the next set and not jumping the gun.

Swimming

Unless you are swimming competitively and you are in the pool or ocean up to 4 hours a day, swimming is a GREAT exercise for both safety and endurance.

Swimming does not stress the joints and muscles the way lifting and running does.

When running you are constantly pounding your legs into the ground straining the knees, ankles and the hips. When lifting weights your joints are constantly under strain.

When swimming you are virtually not putting any pressure on the body. Unless you have a previous injury that prevents you from performing the strokes, swimming is an excellent safe way to get into shape.

For more information regarding getting into better “Summer Shape”, sign up for our Summer Shape talk in the office taking place on July 12, where Dr. Keith Mirante will discuss the Paleo and ketogenic diets.

Looking to fix a trauma or chiropractic maintenance? To schedule a consultation with your Clinton CT, Guilford CT, and Madison CT Chiropractor, Dr. Keith Mirante, you can call us at 203-245-8217, visit our website at drmirante.com, or click the link below to go to our new patient center.

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