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Prime Your Body to Stay in the Game All Season

people playing footballWith slightly cooler temperatures on the horizon this fall, you may want to hit one of the many running trails in Plano, take up pickleball or join a Camp Gladiator class. Before you do, however, it’s important to warm up your body, especially if you’ve been sedentary over the scorching summer months.

Why Warm up?

Before you begin your workout routine, it is always important to take a few minutes to warm up your body. Warming up helps to raise your heart rate and loosen your muscles, which can help you avoid injury. It is also a good time to focus on your breathing.

A proper warm-up will prepare your body for the more strenuous exercise to come, and help you get the most out of your workout. For best results, focus on dynamic stretches that mimic the movements you will be doing during your workout. For example, if you are going for a run, start with some light jogging in place or marching in place.

Then, add in some arm swings and leg swings to get your muscles moving. You should also spend a few minutes stretching before you start exercising.

Remember to Cool Down Too

Don’t forget to cool down when you’re finished working out, too! Stretching and slow movement will help your body transition back to a resting state and prevent cramping or stiffness later on.

Chiropractic Can Keep You in the Game

Natural chiropractic care is also essential as it can help athletes of all ages and stages. Here are some benefits:

  • Alleviates pain
  • Helps prevent injuries
  • Improves function and range of motion
  • Can address injuries
  • Improves performance
If you or your child sustains a concussion while engaging in sports such as football, Dr. Shippy provides a concussion protocol to help you safely return to your normal life and daily activities.

Give our practice a call today, and enjoy staying active all season long!

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