Camping Tips to Save Your Back
By Sara Butler
You may love camping outside, but your back may not agree! In the summer months, many families enjoy getting outside, roasting some marshmallows, and enjoying all that nature has to offer as you camp. Campgrounds and parks offer a large variety of recreational activities to enjoy the great outdoors, but you have to prepare ahead of time in order to meet any challenges that may arise while camping. Here are a few tips to protect your health and your back when you’re out camping this year.
In order to make sure you’re prepared for camping, you should:
- Test your gear – It wouldn’t be ideal to get to your camping destination just to discover something is wrong with your gear. Before you pack up your vehicle, test all of your equipment to make sure it works and is safe to use.
- Plan activities – You must plan the activities you want to do in advance so you can be sure to have the right equipment for the task as well as make sure you’re physically prepared for any challenges ahead.
- Get familiar – Familiarize yourself with the area you plan to go camping in. Learn about any facilities nearby and know what is available in the vicinity so you know what you need to pack and what you can buy once there.
- Channel Santa – You need to make a list and check it twice, but you can leave out the naughty and nice part. Make a list of all the items you need and then determine what is absolutely essential to your trip. Packing more than you need only puts extra stress and strain on your body, so be discerning.
Just as with any other activity in life, camping can pose risks to your health. Prepare for the challenge while preparing yourself for potential injuries, too. If you are going to hike, bike, or run on your trip, then make sure to see your chiropractor before you go. You should also:
- Keep your back supported – Whether you’re pitching your tent or packing up for a hike, make sure you support the natural curves of your back and keep your core engaged while practicing good posture.
- Lift the right way – Bend your knee and lift with the legs and hips, never with your back. Pivot when carrying something heavy, never twist.
Have fun with your outdoor adventures and stay healthy!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wayne, N.J.