Crossfit is a great way to get in shape and burn calories. It is, however, also one of the top ways people become injured in the realm of exercise.
The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, noted in 2019 that of 19.4 percent of their sample of 386 CrossFit gym-goers in New York and Philadelphia had obtained an injury in the past 6 months. This was mainly to the back, neck, and knees.
The most common explanation of these injuries is that the regimented exercises push gym goers outside of their usual physiological range of motion. The muscles are weak and more easily injured until strength is built. It can also be attributed to improper form during group classes where the emphasis is on the overall movement of the group rather than focus on each individual making sure that they know what they are doing.
Cross fit incorporates all kinds of movements including squats, pullups, running, jumps, lunges, burpees, and more. It is best to remember to start slowly and build your way up. Do not expect to be at the front of the class day one. Additionally, never compare yourself to anyone else. You are where you are physically, and you aren’t in competition against anyone but yourself.
When doing any exercise program, you are working to build your body, even if you do not consider yourself a body builder. In doing so, you need a solid base, or you are asking for future problems.
This is where chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic aligns the spine and balances the body. Alignment allows your body fluidity of motion and ease of movement. It allows you to do exercises correctly and not have one side of the body or another overcompensating for a weakness. These types of overcompensations often lead directly to injury.
If you are about to begin a crossfit class or any exercise program at all, come in for an adjustment. Your body will thank you. 239-332-2555. Kaster Chiropractic and Associates of Fort Myers, Fl. www.KasterChiropractic.com.