Another year of the Wimbledon tennis championship has come to a close. Two weeks of watching tennis matches can lead so many people to dig our the tennis racket and head to the tennis courts.
Staying active and taking regular exercise has many health benefits and our chiropractors encourage people to do so. However, it is important to ensure you stay safe doing so. After all it is meant to be beneficial to you and not cause you injury and pain.
If you have been tempted to take some exercise, whether it be tennis, cycling, walking or some other form of exercise, there are some simple steps that you can take to minimise the risk of picking up injuries and strains. Whatever your level of skill or experience you should follow this advice.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that professional athletes simple walk onto the tennis court or run onto the football pitch and start playing at full intensity. However, they have undertaken extensive preparation before getting into action. In fact they follow the simple steps that our chiropractors at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic recommend you follow:
Warm Up Before Starting: You should regard warming up as part of your exercise routine to avoid the likelihood of possible injuries. Choose simple exercises that will warm up your muscles and prepare you for the exercise you are going to undertake.
Build intensity gradually: While it’s tempting to start off with some gusto you need to start with a lower level of intensity without taking any sudden movements that your body isn’t ready for.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during and after your exercise to stay well hydrated.
Be mindful of the pressure on your body: Many sports have repetitive actions which can place your joints at risk. Tennis and golf are two in particular.
Cool Down After Finishing: Just as with warming up, allow time when you exercise to cool down. Focus on doing some simple stretches that will stretch muscles that you have used when exercising.
If you have a pre-existing health condition you may wish to ask your chiropractor or GP’s advice about suitable exercise for you.
If you are suffering from back pain or have other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic on 01329 280 283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org