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Zoo Trip: 3 Tips to Keep Back Pain at Bay

By Virginia Laird

The zoo is one of my favorite places to take the kids in the summer. There is a great deal to learn and enjoy, even if it requires a ton of standing and walking. Long days like these can wreak havoc on the back. Do not let that keep you from enjoying a day at the zoo. Let me share a few tricks I have learned to prevent back pain while enjoying the day.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

The need to have myself put together typically supersedes comfort, except at the zoo (I learned this the hard way). Do yourself a favor and opt for something comfortable. Chiropractors encourage shoes that offer support to the foot and the back. These are suggested to be tennis shoes with good cushion in the sole. 

Pack Light

As a mother of three, I have learned keeping it light is paramount. With one in diapers, it is imperative to forego the purse and share the diaper bag. Make it easy on the back and choose a backpack style for the zoo. Toting any other style can cause back pain before lunchtime. Chiropractors always recommend using cross-body bags and backpacks above any other types. These help to distribute the weight of the bag more evenly, reducing the odds of back pain.

Bring a Stroller

If you are heading to the zoo with children, do yourself a favor and bring a stroller. Carrying a child around the zoo all day can have you on pain medicine by dinner. No matter how old the children accompanying you to the zoo may be, at least one will ask for a lift at some point. Having a stroller handy can help prevent you from having to carry a child (or two) through the zoo.

Take Breaks Often

Though it may seem that children can walk for hours, even their feet need breaks. Fortunately, the zoo has many benches along the paths. Take advantage of them. Chiropractors recommend taking breaks often when participating in activities that may have you on your feet all day. Enjoy the nature, have a snack, get a drink, and get off your feet. This can help the whole family make it through the day.

Hope you are able to enjoy your next trip to the zoo pain free!

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