Now that the warmer weather is here you may find yourself more active. That is a good thing! However, we tend to overdue it. There is the yard work, outdoor projects, cleaning out storage spaces and of course enjoying the warm weather with long walks, bike rides or anything else. We tend to do too much too soon. If you haven’t been exercising regularly your body is not use to the sudden increase in activity so you may find yourself stiff, achy or even injured, which is not a good thing.
Take it from my experience. In the last few years after doing vigorous yard work and not listening to my body when it said rest, I kept going and wouldn’t you know I ended up on the couch for a week because my back said “you won’t rest, I’ll make you!”
So this Spring keep these things in mind while you enjoy your activities.
Don’t try to do everything all at once. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and pick one or two of them at a time.
When you feel like you’ve had enough and your body says rest, LISTEN!
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water every day and even during your activity.
Stay active in the winter to keep yourself feeling strong all year.
Do some light stretching each day to keep your muscles and joints loose and limber.
When lifting heavy objects don’t bend from the waist. You may injure your back. Instead, squat with bent knees, get a firm grip on the object then lift with your legs. If it is still too heavy, ask for help.
Strengthen your back muscles by doing stomach crunches with bent knees or waist twists (careful not to twist too fast or too far)
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