Dr. Brian Kerner, DC, QME | Article

Help for the Weekend Warrior

The "weekend warrior" is slang for a person who engages in athletic activity on the weekends. Now that it is Summer, a lot of people have the urge to get out there and exercise. The Summer Olympics and other sporting events can also provide inspiration for many of us to push ourselves and even try new sports.

By going out on the weekends and doing things that we normally don't do, the result can be various injuries including strains/sprains, pulled muscles, pinched nerves, foot pain, tennis elbow, and herniated discs.

To decrease the likelihood of injury, it is important to warm-up and stretch (before and after exercise). If you have tight muscles, you are much more prone to injury. Make sure to hydrate by drinking plenty of water throughout the week and especially during workouts.

Don't overdue it! Start your exercise activity slowly, take lots of breaks, and listen to your body.

Getting enough sleep at night is also important. I recommend 7-8 hours of sleep a night and take naps, if necessary.

Also exercising more, 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes, will help prevent "weekend warrior syndrome." Exercising on a regular basis will keep your muscles strong and prevent injury. I know it is often difficult to exercise due to busy schedules, but do what you can.

Chiropractic care is way to help your body prevent injuries by keeping the joints flexible. If injuries occur, we can help you get back on track by determining the cause of your health problem and helping your body heal naturally without drugs and surgery.