Tips for Spring Activities
Spring is in the air! Check out these health and safety tips before you start your favorite spring activities.
DIY Project? Take it Slow
You may feel yourself wanting to rush certain projects but doing so can lead to muscle and back pain. Instead, ease into your projects and pace yourself.
Taking it slow will ensure you don’t overwork yourself or your muscles and will make you feel better at the end of the day.
Take Frequent Breaks
Every 20-30 minutes, take time to stop, stretch and walk around to rest your muscles and joints.
It is also very important to stay hydrated because it helps any sore muscles recover faster, so go ahead and refresh with some water, cool lemonade or iced tea.
Avoid Sudden Movements
Back muscles are not prepared to handle a lot of sudden twisting or jerking movements often involved with do-it-yourself projects and spring cleaning.
Movements like these will likely result in sore or strained muscles. As you work, turn your whole body and keep your back aligned.
Get Low to the Ground
Whenever possible, get down to the level at which you are working. Bending at the waist to lift tools or supplies can aggravate back muscles.
Instead, get low, kneel on the ground while you work and bend your knees to pick up objects on the ground.
Know Your Limits
As the weather warms up you might think you can just pick up where you left off last season. But before you head out for a 50 mile bike ride or begin to trim those hedges, think small steps, first.
Start your activities slowly to see how your body adjusts and if you are ready to tackle bigger projects or exercise activities.
More importantly, listen to your body. As soon as you feel tired or sore, be sure to take a break or ask for some help.
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