Boat Safely With Chiropractic Advice
By Brandi Goodman
Taking a boat onto the water can provide a day of relaxation. It's fun, exciting, and can ease stress quickly. Boating isn't without it's safety concerns, though. Keep some chiropractic advice in mind so you can boat safely and have a pain-free trip.
Engage Your Abdominal Muscles
No, you don't have to sit upright with your abs engaged for the entire duration. That would be exhausting. When a wave comes or you're in particularly rough waters, however, it's best to brace yourself. Engaging your abdominal muscles and holding your body in position can help to keep yourself stable and prevent you from rocking and swaying too much. If you're sitting solid, you're less likely to be bumped around.
Just because you have a seat doesn't mean you should sit in it the entire time. Get up and stand -- carefully. You need to change positions regularly and go between sitting and standing if you hope to avoid pain when your boating adventure is over. Make sure you're stretching out and keeping your joints from becoming stiff.
Use Proper Form When Paddling
Not all boats come with motors. You might need to use some paddles to get to your destination. If this is the case, be sure to use proper form. You should be sitting upright with your feet firmly on the bottom of the boat, or foot pedals if there are any. You'll want to row on one side for a few strokes and then switch to the opposite side. It will even out your arm use and make sure both get to work so one doesn't become overly fatigued.
Water is necessary no matter what type of activity you're doing. When you're out on the boat all day, especially without a canopy to cover you from the heat, water will be especially important. Keep your body hydrated so you can remain cool and your joints can function as intended. Keep a cooler filled with water so you have plenty to drink while you're out. Some healthy snacks are a must as well.
Boating is a great summer pastime. You just have to be sure to keep chiropractic advice in mind so you can avoid the pain that sometimes comes with it. If you still leave the boat feeling sore, or you're sore the next day, a trip to The Joint Chiropractic may be in order.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.