Are you starting the new year with resolutions to be fitter, healthier or take up a new activity? January usually sees a surge in gym goers and people out and about getting active. Everyone’s goals are different but most are wanting to loose some unwanted weight or get fitter and live a healthier lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that taking on exercise regimes your body is not used to can take its toll and it’s important to prepare before embarking on their exercise programme.

According to research by the British Chiropractic Association , exercise is the trigger for 30% of those experiencing back or neck pain. For people embarking on an exercise regime, especially one that is new, the risk of suffering neck or back pain can be higher so it is important to be well prepared.

To help people who are preparing to take up exercise this new year, here are some great tips

•    Seek professional advice to check that there are no medical reasons why you should not exercise, particularly if you are not normally physically active.

•    Remember to warm up and warm down before and after any activity. Start with less strenuous activity like walking or jogging and finish with some light stretches at the end of an exercise session – this may help minimise muscle stiffness and reduce the chance of muscle strain.

•    Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise – this will help your muscles work more efficiently and will reduce aches and pains after exercise.

•    Make sure you wear the right attire for your chosen activity.  Wearing tight clothes when exercising could constrict your movement and lead to injury.

•    Wear appropriate footwear for the type of exercise you are doing – most specialist sportswear retailers will be able to advise you on this.

•    If you are enrolling in a gym, make sure you receive training on any equipment and if you are signing up to a programme, try and make sure you get proper training, advice and ongoing supervision.

It’s great that people want to get fit and having a goal to aim for can really help achieve this but endurance activity can put the body under huge amounts of stress, particularly if it’s not used to it and you’re not prepared. A chiropractor can advise you on how to approach a new exercise routine and tell you what signs to look for if you’re overdoing it.

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