Five Common Exercise Mistakes That Your Chiropractor Wants You to Know

By: Dr. Ellis Schauder|November 20, 2022

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Regular exercise is integral for a healthy lifestyle, but exercise mistakes can do more harm than good. Below are five mistakes to avoid during your exercise routine.

If you’d like to learn exercises for lower back pain or need other chiropractic assistance, our experts at Schauder Chiropractic & Wellness Center can help. 

Mistake #1: Not Warming Up Properly

If you work with a personal trainer, you likely know that choosing not to warm up before a workout can lead to injury or strain. Cold muscles are less flexible and more prone to damage than warm muscles, so start each activity with a slow jog or light walk around the gym to get your blood flowing and warm your muscles up.

Mistake #2: Improper Form

Doing an exercise with bad form increases the risk of strain and injury. For example, using momentum to complete a bench press can result in a muscle pull or other damage. Always pay attention to proper form and avoid moving too quickly during strength training to reduce the risk of injury.

Mistake #3: Ignoring Muscle Aches and Pains

During exercise, your body produces natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins that make you feel energized and satisfied after a workout. However, if your training is causing pain, it’s time to stop; pushing through the pain is one of the most common exercise mistakes. Allow your body to rest and recover before starting a new workout routine.

Mistake #4: Not Stretching Before and After Working Out

At rest, your muscles are in a relaxed state and are more pliable than at activity levels. Stretching before and after physical activities helps to prevent injury and keeps you flexible as you age. Make sure to stretch all the major muscle groups in your body to improve your range of motion and avoid soreness or stiffness in your muscles.

Mistake #5: Overexerting Yourself

Your body can only handle a certain amount of exercise at one time, so it’s essential to listen to your body and pace yourself during workouts to avoid overexertion. It’s easy to push yourself too hard during your first few workouts, but giving yourself time to recover can prevent injury and allow you to reach your fitness goals safely and efficiently.

Get Chiropractic Help to Improve Your Workouts Today

If you’re dealing with a nagging injury that impacts your ability to exercise, chiropractic care can help. Chiropractors are experts at treating exercise-related injuries and can help you get back to doing what you love in no time. At Schauder Chiropractic, we can help you find relief from your pain and recover from your injuries so that you can get back to doing the things you love.

Our expert staff can help explain some common signs you need to see a chiropractor for an injury and help you avoid exercise mistakes. If you’re ready to feel better and take control of your health, call us at Schauder Chiropractic at 407-275-6700 today.

About The Author: Dr. Ellis Schauder

Dr. Schauder graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Consequently, he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from New York Chiropractic College. He completed post-graduate studies in the areas of radiology, impairment rating and chiropractic orthopedics. Dr. Schauder is licensed in the states of Florida and New York.