Cooking With Care During the Holidays
By Brandi Swieter
Cooking is just one of the common traditions done throughout the holiday season. With pies to bake, a multi-course meal to make, and desserts galore to create, extra care needs to get taken to ensure the cooking goes as planned. Being hunched over the table can lead to back pain that can be debilitating, rendering a person unable to continue their preparations.
Use a Cushion When Sitting
Particularly when baking, much of the work gets done while sitting at a table. Sitting in a hard chair can put added pressure on the body, particularly the back, leading to aches. If the baker knows she’ll be sitting for a long period of time, she should use a cushion to help take some of that pressure off. It will make the experience more comfortable so more desserts can get created.
Use a Mat While Standing
When cooking a large holiday meal primarily over the stove, most people stand for hours at a time. This can put added pressure on the legs and back, causing pain. It is ideal to use a mat when standing in the kitchen. A rubber mat works best, but even a rug or towel will do if nothing else is available. This should also get used when standing at the sink doing dishes, which will need to get completed many times during the holiday festivities.
Use Proper Posture
Too many people tend to slouch while they’re standing at the sink washing dish after dish, stirring foods over the stove, and sitting at the table creating desserts. This improper posture puts unnecessary pain on the body. Standing or sitting upright is the best thing a person can do when cooking their meals. Proper posture helps keep the body in the ideal spot so limited aches set in throughout the duration.
With so much to do and cook before each holiday meal, it is important that people are aware of how to make that process easier. Doing a few things to help keep the body in the best shape while cooking will help to avoid pain that makes it difficult to continue other holiday activities. Visit The Joint Chiropractic if pain does get experienced so the doctor can perform an adjustment and get the body back in ideal shape to handle all holiday proceedings.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.