Summertime in Colorado means more time spent outside and less time spent cooped up indoors. With that in mind, people of all ages will be participating in all those fun outdoor adventures we love so much here in Littleton in throughout our beautiful state.
As you start planning all those camping trips, hiking adventures, and mountain biking trips, here are a few tips to consider to keep your body in ship-shape and prevent injuries from occurring. Should you experience aches and pains after an activity, or suffer an injury, contact your Top Rated Local® chiropractor in Littleton for compassionate chiropractic care.
Four Hints For Easing Back Into Summer Activities
Take Time to Stretch
When we go for months without engaging in high-impact physical activities, our muscles and joints can become tight, tense, and stiff. It’s a good idea to condition these tissues for action by stretching. Stretching prepares the soft tissues that support joints and bones by elongating them, making them more flexible and increasing their range of motion.
Hint: Stretch before an activity to warm the muscles and prevent injury. Stretch after an activity to release tension or spasm caused by overuse, fatigue, and dehydration.
Wear Protective Gear
Your health is of the utmost importance, and while staying active is a great way to keep your body strong, your mind sharp, and your emotions balanced, foregoing the use of protective gear in favor of fun can spell disaster. Whatever activity you take part in, be sure to wear the appropriate protective gear to keep your head, extremities, and back safe.
Hint: This one is obvious, but still worth mentioning. Always wear the right gear for the activity. If you’re cycling or mountain biking, wear a helmet and wrist guards. If you’re hiking, take along a hiking stick for added support.
When you’re active, you sweat, so pack plenty of water for your summer activity. The blazing Colorado sun, the heat, and the dry climate can deplete your body of needed moisture to nourish your bones, muscles, and organs. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated or suffer a heat stroke, which can have serious health consequences.
Hint: Freeze a few water bottles the night before your outing so that they stay nice and cold for you while you’re having fun. Be sure to pack enough water and a water bowl if you plan to take your furry friend along!
Know Your Limits
For all you weekend warriors out there, we understand that there’s only so much time to partake in fun adventures, but don’t push yourself too hard, especially right at first. Go slow and know your limits. There’s always next weekend to climb that Fourteener if you can’t squeeze it in with everything else.
Hint: Schedule out your activities as best as you can. That way you won’t try to tackle too much in one weekend. Pay attention to your body. If something hurts, don’t push it because you might only cause an injury that might have otherwise been avoided.
Contact Your Littleton Chiropractor
There’s nothing like getting active again after the long, cold winter, but you will want to ensure that you put your health, wellness, and safety first. We hope you have found these tips helpful. Feel free to reach out to the Arne Wellness Center team with any questions or to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, acupuncture, or massage therapy. Have a healthy, happy summer!