Health Tips to Stay Safe During the Hot Months
By Donna Stark
With the longer days and warmer temperatures, it's easy to see why everyone's level of physical activity increases during the summer. And with those increased levels of physical activity, it's even easier to see why so many people end up getting hurt during this time of the year too. Whether you start riding your bike more often or plan on hitting the trails every weekend, it's important to prioritize your overall health and safety, and you can do so with the following tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. Take a look.
Choose the Right Shoes
A supportive pair of shoes with great traction is exactly what you need when hiking on the trails, but if you are kayaking on the river, water shoes may be the smarter choice to go with. It's important to pick the right shoes for each specific activity you are involved with because they can easily make or break the rest of your summer. Unsure about what to choose? Just ask a professional for advice!
Drink Your Water
You could end up in a lot of trouble if you aren't staying on top of your water intake, so make sure you are drinking the recommended amount each day! An easy way to do so is to drink a glass in the morning and then again at night, and to carry a refillable bottle around with you throughout the day. Don't forget to pack extra if you are planning on being outdoors for an extended period of time too.
Check Your Equipment
What's worse than a bike that doesn't work? A bike that isn't safe, so make sure yours is ready for the road. Adjust the seat and handlebars so it fits to your body, check the air pressure in the tires, and make sure the brakes are in great condition! And while you are at it, check all your other frequently used summer gear too. Do you have all the parts for your tent? Is your kayak in good condition? Now is the time to get everything in order.
Know Your Limits
It's one thing to push yourself into trying new things, but it's a whole different story if you push yourself past your physical capabilities. Don't get stuck sitting in the doctor's office or on your couch with an injury. Listen to what your body is telling you, respect its limitations, and pay attention to your form and posture while being active.
Staying Safe During Summer
You can enjoy as many activities as you want during the summer if you take the necessary steps to prioritize your safety, so try to incorporate the tips above into your daily routine as soon as you can. Then after you do so, go ahead and start planning away. There's so much fun to be had!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.