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Autumn Activities Cause Strain, So Avoid Pain

By Brandi Goodman 

The autumn season means lots of days spent raking leaves and tackling other outdoor chores. This may seem like a fun task for kids, but adults can easily strain their bodies getting it done. Don't overexert yourself this fall season. You can avoid strain and pain during your autumn activities by keeping a few tips in mind.

Never Start Without Stretching

Don't start your fall chores without stretching. You need to warm up your muscles and give them a chance to prepare for the workload ahead. Some simple stretches, such as bending to one side and then the other or reaching to touch your toes can help. You'll prevent possible injuries by stretching to get your body more limber.

Choose Well-Fitting Shoes

Wet, slippery leaves can prove dangerous in the fall. Avoid slipping by choosing well-fitting shoes that are sturdy and comfortable. You don't want a pair of old tennis shoes that are ratty and torn. These will leave you more likely to fall or experience feet and leg pain at the very least. Get new shoes each year to prevent pain. 

Maintain a Slow Pace

Don't speed through the activity. It's best to maintain a slow pace so you can handle more of the work. Speeding through will leave you feeling fatigued fast and unable to continue for long. You don't want to become lightheaded and out of breath so fast into the task. Using caution and going slow will also help to avoid injury.

Make It a Two-Person Job

Avoid handling outdoor tasks on your own. You never know when you might become injured due to a fall or pulled muscle. Having someone else around will ensure you get help fast if this occurs. You also have two people to get the work done so it takes less time and your body does not get taxed handling all of it on your own. 

Stretch to Finish

A cool down period after the work is over should be utilized. You need to stretch again to finish out your activity time. It will help your muscles recover better and prevent such severe aches that tend to arise hours later or even the next day after a grueling task. 

Take any activity easy, whether you finish it in the fall or another time. Raking and other outdoor chores can quickly lead to strains and severe pain if you aren't careful. If you do experience pain, see a doctor at The Joint Chiropractic. You may need an adjustment to help your body recuperate.

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

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