If you’re looking for an exercise class or gym in Eastbourne, then here’s some key ideas to remember.
Chiropractors Recommend Keeping Active
I often recommend activity and exercise to help people recover from back pain. Whether that’s rehabilitation exercises or joining a gym it’s important to keep mobile.
However, when you are recovering from back pain, it’s important to make sensible, informed and achievable decisions about how you move and exercise. An excellent reason for going to a gym class is that the variety of different activities can be in a social setting but you can still be in control of what you can manage to do.
I’ve found that people here at Lushington Chiropractic often get better results when they combine their Chiropractic treatment with exercise and self-help advice. However, it can be difficult to know what type of exercise or class is best for you.
In certain competitive sports, like football or tennis where you have to move suddenly to get the ball it’s virtually impossible to stay in control of what you’re doing.
For people returning to activity after an injury I usually recommend home rehab, walking, gentle jogs, an exercise class or joining one of the many gyms in Eastbourne. I want you to choose a form of exercise that’s right for you, so you can stay in control.
Exercises classes and gyms can be particularly popular if you like listening and moving to music. They’re also social, fun and uplifting and the class instructor and fellow classmates can all help with motivation.
There’s Plenty of Choice of a Gym in Eastbourne
Go and watch a class before you do it so that you know what is involved. Once you have decided to go to your first class, go a little earlier and have a word with the class instructor. Tell them that you are recovering from back pain and that you may have to do parts of the class a little differently or rest for a while. his gives the instructor opportunity to give “low impact” options during the class.
If you see me or one of my colleagues for your chiropractic care I’ll be more than happy to advise on classes and gyms in Eastbourne.
Chiropractors always recommend you Listen to Your Body
When you’ve found the class or gym in Eastbourne that suits you start off steadily. Don’t push yourself too hard too soon. Pain is not gain! Listen to your body, and don’t over do it.
You can still join in by doing fewer repetitions of the movement or moving slower. Using a lower weight or stopping the class or warming down earlier are also options. Every personal trainer or gym instructor will want to know if you’re struggling and will reduce the intensity of the exercise if needed.
Don’t get Competitive
I enjoy playing Touch Rugby here in Eastbourne. It’s much safer for me as a chiropractor than contact rugby, but my Eastbourne team members and I still get competitive!
Remember once you’ve chosen an exercise class or gym, you don’t need to be the fastest or the strongest. Exercise is about taking part, and keeping the habit going.
There will always be someone who can run faster or is older but quicker than me but “run your own race”.
Lots of Gyms and Exercise Classes Available in Eastbourne
Here in Eastbourne there are many exercise classes and gym options that are on offer.
Back friendly options include;
- Aqua fit – moving to music in a pool
- Tai chi – a gentle martial art, slow movements and good for balance and breathing
- Zumba – sort of line dance with Latin and world rhythm music. Depending on the class this can be high or low impact (Zumba gold is a little gentler)
- Energie fitness for Women in Grove Road, Eastbourne
- Pilates – there’s various places, but one which has lots of classes is the Natural Fitness Centre on Eastbourne Seafront
- Yoga – try the Natural Fitness Centre and there’s also a range of classes at the Enterprise Centre near Eastbourne train station
Ask your Chiropractor or Massage Therapist
Your chiropractor or Massage therapist here at Lushington Chiropractic will be happy to help. They’ve got lots of local knowledge about exercise classes and gyms in Eastbourne and will know what best suits you. Just let them know that you’re keen!
If you’re not already a patient here, but are looking for local Eastbourne advice, then please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
We also work in conjunction with several gyms in Eastbourne – just ask your Chiropractor for further information.
Classes To Exercise With Caution
- Step – simple all body workout with a lot of choice between low and high impact movements.
- Spinning – on stationary bikes. Adjust the bike, get a good position and don’t go too fast.
- Body pump – uses light to moderate weights. No bouncing but lunges, bends and crunches.
Classes Not To Do When You Are In Recovery
- Body attack – high energy class. Lunges, press ups, squats, running and jumping.
- Jump fit – on mini trampolines. Fun but difficult to control your movements.
Here in Eastbourne we are lucky to have a beautiful seafront promenade and The South Downs on our doorstep for “free” walks that can help to keep you active in the fresh air and outdoors.
Whatever you choose and decide to do – just ENJOY.
I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. I have worked in Eastbourne since 2004 and I have always taken an active approach to keeping fit and healthy. I have been a member at many of the local gym’s in Eastbourne and as a chiropractor I am always keen for my guests (patients) to keep active.
By James Revell
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