Enjoy a Better Beach Experience With These Tips
By Brandi Swieter
Heading to the beach on a hot day is a summer pastime for many families. People tend to fill up their beach bags, grab a cooler, and head to the sand to set up a spot before wading into the cold water to achieve relief. Though visiting the beach can be fun, families can actually enjoy an even better beach experience by using a few tips and preventing pain during a long day out.
Pack Several Smaller Bags
Rather than packing one large bag overfilled with beach items, it’s better to pack several smaller bags. It will distribute the weight more evenly or allow multiple people to each carry something instead of having all the weight on one person’s shoulder. The same thing applies to the cooler. Use a couple of smaller coolers if needed instead of one large one so that it isn’t so difficult to carry.
Use a Rolling Cart or Wagon
Since carrying an overabundance of items can cause pain, it may be best for a larger family to have a rolling cart or wagon when they go on a beach trip. All the bags, coolers, and other beach gear can be placed into the cart and simply pulled down to the spot. This saves people from having to worry about carrying an excessive amount.
Stretch Before Swimming
Laying around in the sand may not cause any pain, but swimming can. People need to stretch before they swim to prevent injuries and avoid aches. Doing a slow lap out to a certain point and back can help get the body adjusted and ready to take on more vigorous activity in the water. A few stretches on land are also important, especially when it comes to the lower body. Stand on one foot and grab the ankle to stretch the leg back. This stretches the quads. Bend at the waist and touch the toes to stretch out the legs. A few shoulder stretches are important since this is a common site for a swimming injury.
A day at the beach can be an enjoyable experience, but it can also be a painful one if people aren’t careful. No one wants to return from what was supposed to be a nice getaway with back pain. By using a cart or carrying small load, people should be able to avoid pain and enjoy their time away. Those who still feel aches after returning home can visit The Joint Chiropractic to get some relief. Extended evening and weekend hours are available and walk-ins are welcome.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission, Tex.