Monday, April 25, 2011

Tips for Spring Conditioning

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching but hibernating all winter on your couches and shoveling snow could have a negative impact on your health. As you throw that softball around and work around your garden, digging up weeds and planting flowers, you need to be conscious of backaches and other muscle strains that can place stress and strain on your bodies after a winter of inactivity.

The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) has come up with a list of 10 tips that individuals can best prepare for spring and summer activities.

To properly condition oneself for spring yard work, gardening and leisure activities, the ANJC recommends the following tips:

10 Tips for “Spring Conditioning”

1. Don't over-do things in the beginning; warm-up with jumping jacks or a slow jog for sports activities.

2. Stretch after the light-jog/jumping jacks; stretch all the muscles used in an activity (not just the legs).

3. If you are working in the garden, bend with your knees and not your back, and use your arms and legs while working.

4. Consider using more ergonomically designed tools.

5. If you are working on a home or garden project ask a family member, neighbor or friend for assistance. Don’t try to do too much, too soon and too fast!

6. Always incorporate breaks while you do your task. To avoid injuries, stop the activity when fatigue starts to set-in.

7. Whether or not you feel pain, apply ice to any joint that typically is sore after activity.

8. Have a plan of action if an injury is experienced.

9. Know your limits and have fun whatever the activity.

10. Remember to remain hydrated and concentrate on keeping your breathing comfortable and natural.

If you continue to feel soreness, pain or strain after following these tips, it may be time to visit a chiropractor.

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