Discover How Health Experts Can Improve Your Workout


Many of us want to reach our maximum level of fitness, get healthy and get in good shape. We know the benefits, we’ve heard them all before. Exercise keeps you young, exercise reduces the chance of heart disease and exercise will ensure that you will still be able to keep up with your kids one day. But, for some people, there are roadblocks on the path to fitness. There are issues that stop us from getting off the sofa and starting a workout. Let’s look at some of the problems that you can encounter and discover the best ways of dealing with them with help from health experts.

Suffering From Chronic Pain?

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Do you constantly find that you are in a great deal of pain? You’re not alone, 11 percent of people in America suffer from some form of chronic pain. You might think that your pain isn’t treatable, but this isn’t true. Indeed, it’s fair to say that a number of types of chronic pain can be treated and some can be fixed without medicine. You might find for instance, that the pain is due to tension in your muscles or joints. If that’s the case, then you should look into chiropractic medicine from a health clinic. With chiropractic treatment, you can reduce the pressure on your muscles, and this may provide a great level of relief. Even a therapeutic massage could work wonders and relieve you of the pain that is stopping you from exercising.

Of course, it’s also possible that your pain is caused by psychological issues. Did you know that immense feelings of stress can manifest in physical pain? It’s true, and if you want to deal with this, you need to address the issues in your life that is causing this stress. If it is worth considering going to see a cognitive therapist about this issue. They can help you tackle the route of your problem and make sure that you do deal with it head-on. Once you recognize the issue is emotional, not physical, you will typically find the pain melts away.

For some people, the pain will have a physical cause and won’t be treatable without medicine. However, there are plenty of forms of exercise that don’t put as much pressure on your body and therefore should hurt less. Yoga, for instance, could be very beneficial for someone who is suffering from chronic pain. You can find some basic tips for getting started with yoga in this video:

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Many health clinics also recommend aqua therapy as an effective solution and completing fitness routines in water could help a lot.

Never In The Mood?

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It’s also possible that you never have the motivation to exercise. Do you constantly feel as though you are in a lull? You might just pass this off as laziness, but if you speak to a nutritionist, you might discover this is more to do with your diet. You may not realize this, but the foods we consume do impact our general emotional state. Let’s look at a few examples of this.

A lot of processed foods that you buy on the market these days have added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Sugar gives you a high followed swiftly by a low. But what happens after this is actually more interesting and potentially harmful. Research shows that consuming sugar increases feelings of depression and anxiety. If you’re tackling these two negative moods, it’s always going to be hard to get yourself in the right frame of mind to exercise.

As for artificial sweeteners, they have been shown to cause migraines and dizziness. Problems like this are another reason why you might sit in and watch Netflix rather than head for a run or go to the gym. It’s ironic as watching TV will probably make your headache worse while going for a run might clear your head.

As such, you might want to start selecting the ‘no added sugar or artificial sweeteners’ option from the superstore isles. You might also want to consider natural sweeteners instead like honey.

Butter and similar substances also spell bad news for your mood because they are high omega-6 fatty acids. These completely diminish and cancel out any positive omega-3 acids in your diet and play with your mood as well as your insulin levels. As such, if you want the willpower to hit the gym, it might be time to start putting less butter on your toast in the morning.

Slow Burn?

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Of course, you might just avoid working out because you never see any results anyway. Why is this? Well, there are a few issues to consider here. For instance, you might want to head to a health clinic to get a colon cleanse. Did you know that your colon can be packed full of up to 10 pounds of impacted stool? It’s not a pleasant thought is it, and as well as adding to your weight, it’s another issue that could impact your mood. With a colon cleanse, you can rid your body of this waste and that extra weight.

It’s also possible that your difficulty losing weight is due to hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid. There are various signs that you do have this issue. You might for instance constantly feel tired or lethargic. People with an underactive thyroid often also have skin issues. The skin can be both dry and scaly. If you are having issues like this, it might be worth booking an appointment with one of your local health services. A trained doctor may diagnose you with a thyroid issue. At that point, you can get treatment for the problem that is stopping you from working out as regularly as you perhaps should.

We hope this helps you see that health experts really can provide the answers to your biggest fitness problems. If you’re having trouble working out, you may want to think about speaking to your doctor, a nutritionist, a dietitian or even a chiropractor. All of these health professionals could help you get back on track and in the gym where you belong.

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