Once the festive period is over and has well and truly taken its toll on your waistline, you might be thinking about starting a new exercise routine for the new year. A strong and healthy body can cope much better with the demands made of it, so maintaining physical activity can be beneficial for managing back pain. Exercise can help to release tension and strengthen the muscles going forward.

Gym memberships often swell in January due to the new year’s resolutions of people wanting to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. However, starting new exercise routines that your body is not used to can have a drastic effect on the body, so it’s important to prepare before embarking on any new types of exercise programme.

It is important that you warm up (and down) no matter if your new exercise routine is of a light, moderate or high intensity. This helps to reduce muscle stiffness and the chances of muscle strain. For those beginning a new exercise routine, the risk of muscle strain could be higher if you do not prepare or slowly ease into it. Low-intensity activity such as swimming or cycling can be less demanding on your body while keeping you mobile.

Another important thing is wearing the correct clothing and footwear for your chosen activity. The appropriate footwear can help to avoid tripping or falling accidents and can be safer on the joints (eg. good shoes can lessen the impact of your step and cushion the foot from heavy landings).

Compression clothing is also recommended as it increases blood flow and may boost your athletic performance by allowing for oxygen to be delivered more efficiently to your muscles. If your clothing is too tight it could constrict your movement which could lead to injury.

It’s important to replace the fluids lost through sweat when exercising, so make sure that you stay hydrated while exercising by drinking plenty of water. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. This will help with performing exercise more easily and will reduce aches and pains.

If you do decide to sign up at the gym, make sure that you receive proper training for the gym equipment before using any of it and try to go with a friend so that you can take turns spotting for each other.

Remember to always seek professional advice if a previous injury is causing pain when you exercise, or before beginning any new vigorous exercise routines, especially if you are not normally physically active. Talk to a chiropractor at Backworks on 01702 342329. We also offer online chiropractic consultations so that you can speak to an expert from the comfort of your own home!