Chiropractic Tips for a Better Beach Trip
By Brandi Swieter
Heading on a beach trip in the summer is a common pastime that many families enjoy. What many do not enjoy, however, is the backache it can leave if the right precautions aren’t taken. Chiropractors have some tips for a better beach trip that won’t leave the body feeling achy and sore.
Stretch Before Swimming
One of the main draws of going to the beach on a hot day is the ability to get into the cool water. Many people spend their time at the beach swimming and cooling off. Swimming can easily lead to pain and injury if people don’t stretch first, so everyone heading out for some fun in the sun needs to stretch properly before they get in the water. It will improve flexibility and prevent injury.
Staying hydrated when it’s hot out, as well as when exercising, is highly important. It ensures the body is adequately prepared to handle the heat and the tasks that are yet to come. Beachgoers should bring bottles of water to drink throughout their time there. They shouldn’t be placed in a cooler with ice, either. Ice cold drinks can shock the system, so keeping them just cool enough is the better option for better hydration that benefits the body.
Use a Wagon
Too many people overpack for the beach and then attempt to carry multiple bags and belongings with them. This excess weight can put major strain on the body that will quickly lead to back pain if people aren’t careful. Using a wagon to pull the items rather than carry them is a better idea. Those who do decide to carry things should be sure to have several smaller bags and carry the same amount of weight on each arm to avoid overdoing it.
Wear Comfortable Shoes if You Go for a Walk
Some families do not just sit in the sand or go in the water. Many take walks along a pier or head up to a nearby shop to grab a bite to eat. Though flip flops and sandals may be fine to wear when walking through the sand, they aren’t that great to have on while making the trek across the pier or to a destination farther away. People should pack comfortable shoes to wear for walking to give them the proper support and keep their legs and backs from aching at the end of the trip.
Any beachgoers who end the day still feeling sore even after precautions being taken should visit The Joint Chiropractic. There may be some joint restrictions within the body that need to be eliminated. Walk in any time during the extended hours offered.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.