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Prevent Common Summer Injuries

By Sara Butler

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes all sorts of warm weather activities for you to enjoy. If you want to have the safest summer yet, then here are a few safety tips you'll want to remember.

Work in the Garden Smart

When you start to get your yard in order this summer, remember that you have to do it smartly. You should always work in a way that protects your back and knees. Lift with the power of your hips and legs, never your back. Don't spend too much time in a crouch position but invest in pads for the garden you can kneel on to help. It's also not a bad idea to use tools with longer handles so you don't have to bend and stoop as much or start exploring raised plant beds.

Stretch

No matter what you're getting ready to do in the sunshine, make sure to stretch first! Any physical activity, even if it's a day swimming in the pool, should involve a warm-up session before you get started. Don't forget to stay hydrated and take breaks from the heat and sun, too.

Swim Smart

It's also important to remember when you do go swimming that you should know how deep the water is before you jump in -- and don't dive into water that is too shallow! Follow pool rules and keep an eye on those around you that aren't strong swimmers, too.

Drink Water

When it's hot and humid outside, then you cannot forget to hydrate. Before you even step foot outside, drink some water. Take water with you when you plan to be out and sip regularly, even if you're not doing anything particularly physical. Drink all day to ensure that you're staying hydrated.

Think of Your Feet

Footwear is an important choice in the summer. Unless you're going to the pool, then it's best to avoid shoes that offer no support, such as flip-flops. Flips-flops, especially, can expose your feet to injury and offer no support to your arch, which in turn can be tough on your lower legs and back, leading to injury.

Summer is a great time to get more physical, but don't forget to take care of your body and provide it with what it needs to stay healthy and avoid injury.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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