It is finally feeling like spring around the city and we could not be more excited to be done with the snow and ice! With the warmer weather out, and the snow melting, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy some of the fresh air. Whether your outdoor activity of choice is walking, running, biking, gardening or something else, it's important to prepare your body for the activity you are about to do, especially if you haven't done it in a while! Follow these helpful tips below to prevent injury and have a great start to your spring:
1) Do a light warm-up before any activity that could be strenuous. (including gardening). A 5-10 minute walk around the block and some gentle stretching for the upper and lower body will help warm up your muscles and prevent soreness after your activity.
2) Make sure your equipment is ready for you. Getting your bike tuned up after a winter of storage or making sure your running shoes are in good condition will help make your transition back to your activities much smoother.
3) When gardening, squat or kneel, don't bend. Gardening can be very taxing on the back if you spend the whole time bending over. Try kneeling or squatting down to do your planting, or bring a low stool over and sit if it's easier on your knees.
4) Hydrate. Make sure you are drinking water while outside in the sunny weather, as well as after your activity. Staying hydrated helps your body recover from physical activity.
For more helpful articles about keeping your body healthy during activities, check out the Ontario Chiropractic Association's website: www.chiropractic.on.ca/public/your-back-health/