Even though summer is coming to a close, we still have several more weeks of hot, summer weather in the forecast, which means there is still plenty of time to enjoy the last days of summer. In part one of our short blog series, we began sharing handy tips to help you stay healthy this summer. These tips included:
- Load up on sunscreen.
- Practice tick awareness when you are enjoying the outdoors.
- Seek the proper care for sports injuries, personal injuries, and injuries suffered as the result of a car accident.
Today, we’ll pick up where we left off last time and share a few more ways you can play it safe while still having fun this summer. And remember, if you want to keep your back and your whole body feeling good and moving well, click the link to schedule an appointment with your Littleton chiropractor.
Handy Hints for Staying Healthy This Summer
Practice Mindful Packing When Traveling
When we travel, we tend to overpack, stuffing our bags and luggage to the brim ensuring we have an outfit for every occasion on our trip. While it is always good to be prepared, overpacking your bags can lead to a major backache, neck pain, and shoulder pain, all of which can interrupt the fun you intend to have on your vacation. Whether you’re packing for a backpacking trip or you’re taking a flight out-of-state, practice mindful packing to prevent neck and back pain.
Tip: If your bag feels too heavy to carry for even a few minutes, rethink what you are bringing, and remove any unnecessary items that you may not actually need.
Make Self-Care a Part of Your Routine
Self-care is essential to your physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. It’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed when you have to balance work, family life, and all those summer activities. But by taking a few minutes each day to relax, rejuvenate, and reset, you can keep your stress levels under control.
Tip: Schedule in at least 20 minutes a day for “you” time. This can be something as simple as practicing mindful meditation, taking a walk, or stretching. Additionally, dedicate time each week to some kind of healthy activity. Take a hike, get a massage, take a drive in the mountains, go to a yoga class, or hit the gym. Make this time all about you!
Listen to Your Body
When you’re in pain, it affects your ability to function at your highest levels, both mentally and physically. When those aches and pains sneak up on you, don’t ignore what your body is telling you. Whether you have tight muscles that need to be stretched out, or you have painful muscle tension that is limiting your movements, you’ll want to address these issues quickly. Letting pain consume you can keep you from doing the things you love most and can even lead to secondary injuries that will put you in worse shape
Tip: Do what you can to relieve your aches and pains at home by stretching, icing, using topical pain relievers, and getting plenty of sleep so your body can heal. Often, seeking the care you need can help relieve your pain quicker and more effectively.
Connect With Your Chiropractor In Littleton
Whether you need a routine neck or back adjustment to stay in alignment, or you have an injury that needs some attention, your trusted Littleton chiropractor is here to help. From chiropractic care to massage to natural medicine and mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we are here to help you heal so you can continue enjoying all your favorite summertime activities. Click the link to connect with Littleton’s favorite wellness team.