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Enjoy Outdoor Adventures With Chiropractic Care

By Donna Stark

You don't need to be a chiropractor to know that the bones in your back are very important and you also don't need to be an expert outdoorsman to enjoy everything that Mother Nature has to offer. You just need to plan ahead and use some common sense to keep your spine healthy while you enjoy your outdoor adventures. So whether you are heading out to hike, climb, or paddle, keep these suggestions in mind.

Get Adjusted

Getting adjusted by your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic regularly, or at the very least before any physically demanding activity, can help you reduce the risk of injury. Chiropractic care supports optimal balance throughout the body, and when your body is balanced, there is less stress and strain on your joints and muscles. This improves their function and allows them to move in ways they were designed to. Chiropractic care also improves the body's range of motion and flexibility which is generally needed when traversing uneven ground or raging waters.

Know Your Limits and Pack the Right Gear

No matter what your adventure entails, it is important to know your physical abilities and to pack the right equipment before you head out. Not every adventure is the same, and even though you kayaked last weekend, that doesn't necessarily mean you are fit enough or can wear the same outfit to hike the highest mountain in the area. Overdoing it and not being fully prepared can make you more prone to injuries.

Prepare Your Body

Exercising regularly helps to keep your body fit and conditioned for strenuous outdoor activities. So, if in the near distant future you are planning a physically active trip, you should definitely consider where your current fitness level is and if you need to work on it before you go. Think about the muscle groups you will be using and if extra cardio workouts would be beneficial. You should also engage in a proper warm-up before you do any type of exercise and outdoor activities are no exception!

Plan for Recovery

It's a good idea to have some things lined up for when you come back home and rest should be at the top of your list. Take a break from that high-intensity fitness class if it's the same day you come home from your weeklong hiking trip, be sure to stock up on nutritious foods, and continue to aim for a great night of sleep!

Staying Safe and Having Fun

Spending time in nature is good for both your physical and mental health, but only if you keep your safety in mind! So take the proper steps and see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic before and after your adventure! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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