Exercise and Spinal Care: What you should know

I‘ve heard many New Year’s resolutions during my career. The most common resolution usually goes something like this: “I want to get healthy!” What I’ve realized is that “healthy” for most people means that they want to get fit. Or at least look fit.

While most people know that working out is good for them, the number one excuse I hear is, “I don’t have the time.” A 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology stated that within the first week, 25 percent of people have already given up their resolution, followed by 36 percent within the first month, 54 percent within the first six months, and a whopping 92 percent have given up within the first year. One would think that if people noticed increased health after starting their resolution, it would be enough motivation for them to stick with it. Many people start the process but don’t notice a difference in their overall health.

You may be thinking: “Shouldn’t I get healthier if I exercise?” Not always. Professional athletes can be some of the fittest, leanest people on earth, but unfortunately, the opposite is often true. For example, the NFL Players Union and Harvard released a study stating that the average life expectancy of professional football players is mid to late 50’s, as opposed to mid to late 70’s for the average person. I have personally seen many lean, fit, very sick people in my career.

So what are they missing? The other three essentials! For anyone who exercises, Maximized nerve supply is critical because exercise is physically stressful on the body. In fact, physical stress is the number one cause of spinal subluxation. Spinal subluxation can lead to interference with normal nerve supply from the brain to your body’s cells, organs, and tissues. Without proper nerve supply, your body can’t function properly. So when you start your New Year’s resolution, be extra careful with your spine during your exercise program.

If you are starting out new with any new exercise program, you may need to increase your spinal maintenance schedule to counteract the new stress to your spine. If you haven’t had your spine checked by a 22 Health Doctor, make sure to do that first, before starting any exercise program.

If you participate in the following activities, be sure to see your chiropractor to see if you have these common subluxations:

  • Running – Lumbar spine, mostly L5
  • Weight Lifting – Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine
  • Bench Press – Cervical Spine
  • Standing Dumbbells – Cervical Spine
  • Squats – Lumbar Spine
  • Bike Riding – Lumbar Spine
  • Swimming – Cervical Spine
  • Tennis – Cervical Spine
  • Golf – Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Cross Fit – Cervical and Lumbar Spine

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