It’s springtime, which means a welcomed change in our activities. We start tending to the yard, our gardens, house projects, and spring cleaning.
Sometimes our bodies are prepared for it; sometimes they are a little stiff from having hibernated all winter.
Here are a few tips to address the expected aches and pains:
- Change postures every 30 minutes, if only for 30 seconds. i.e. Bent over gardening – stand up and stretch the opposite direction.
- Rather than collapsing in your chair after mowing, raking and bagging your lawn – do a few stretches first. My favorites: standing sidebend with arm reach overhead, cat-camel, lower trunk rotation on your back, figure four stretch, hamstring stretch and hip flexor stretch.
- A short walk after dinner – improves circulation, digestion, gets rid of lactic acid build up in your muscles and lubricates joints at the end of your day.
- Drink adequate amounts of water.
- If you know you overdid it, ICE sooner rather than later!
Enjoy a bright and beautiful new season from everyone at Alpine Physical Therapy.