Spending More Time Outdoors? Keep These Three Things in Mind as We Head into Spring

Have you been spending more time outside since Daylight Saving Time began? As the days get longer, it’s only natural that our urge to spend more time outside increases. And unless you’ve spent your spare time on a ski hill all winter, you’ve probably spent the majority of your working and free time indoors.

With the majority of our snowfall behind us, you may be ready to get active outdoors. But before you pull on those jogging pants, hop on that bike or even start working in the garden, there are a few things you need to remember.

Avoid injury by easing into extra activity

To avoid injury, preparing your body is key, especially if you’ve been relatively inactive over the winter months. The “no pain, no gain” philosophy is outdated and will likely leave you in worse shape than when you started.

“It happens every year. We get a few warmer days and people go from little activity to a full day on the golf course or a morning spent in the garden…without any stretching or gradually working up to it. Each spring, the warmer weather results in more patients seeking chiropractic care for back, shoulder and neck injuries. It’s unfortunate because so many of these injuries could be avoided.”  — Dr. John Noble

Whether you’re golfing, gardening or hitting the tennis courts, be sure to ease into your activity and find the appropriate stretches to perform beforehand.

Avoid staying up late and get a good night’s sleep

As we head into the spring and summer months, it may be tempting to stay up later to enjoy the extra daylight. Extra-long days, more activity…what’s not to love?

Don’t underestimate the healing power of rest, especially if you’re recovering from an injury. Poor sleep patterns have been linked to weight gain, heart disease, stroke, depression, inflammation and cell damage. A good sleep pattern, on the other hand, can improve immune function, maximize athletic performance and improve concentration and productivity.

Increase your fluid intake to stay hydrated

Getting enough fluids in warmer weather, especially as your activity level increases, is crucial to staying healthy. Drinking ample amounts of liquid helps to maintain your body’s functions, including your heart, brain and muscles. Staying hydrated allows your body to carry nutrients to your cells, maintain a normal temperature, digest food and flush bacteria and impurities from your body.

How much is enough? The actual amount varies from person to person and is dependent on a variety of factors, including your weight, height and activity level. Ask your doctor how much water you should be drinking each day.

Maintain a healthy immune system with chiropractic care

Although many people associate chiropractic care with the treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain — and this would be correct — visiting a chiropractor regularly can also help your immune function.

At Pickering Village Chiropractic & Massage, our patients understand that by keeping their spine in proper alignment, all systems in their body are able to function at optimum efficiency, allowing messages to travel throughout their body freely and keep illness at bay.

To learn more about staying active and managing your health with exercise, contact our clinic today at 905-427-3202.

 

 

 

With content from the Canadian Chiropractic Association.