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Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

Summer is finally here!

With nicer weather, people often increase their outdoor activities.

Summer is a great time for working around the outside of the home, outdoor exercises, hiking trails, bicycling to destinations instead of using the car, and everyone’s favorite summer activity, swimming.

However, along with all activity comes extra pressure and strain on your back and body.

Today we would like to highlight some tips that can help you stay healthy and happy during the hot days of summer!

 

Keep the Water Coming

There are several ways to enjoy water – you can take a nice cooling swim or drink it in good amounts or even eat fresh summer fruits like watermelon to stay hydrated.

Swimming is a great option for people suffering from chronic joint pain. It’s the perfect way to get exercise while relieving your joints from pressure.

In the summer heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated and to be at risk of heat stroke. While outdoors, ensure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Water also benefits your body by enhancing muscle function, aiding in body temperature regulation, promoting cardiovascular health, improving skin health, and helps to cleanse your body of harmful toxins.

 

Soak up Some Sun

In addition to helping your body produce vitamin D, which is essential to your immune system and bone health, the sun imparts several other benefits to those who bask in its light.

All it takes is 15-20 minutes a day of direct sunlight to boost your vitamin D to the desired levels.

Sunlight has also been shown to help fight depression, cancer, and even relieve and heal certain dermatological conditions. However, don’t forget to use sunblock – too much sun exposure can lead to sunburns, which are painful and dehydrate the body.

Sun exposure might also lead to skin cancer, so take the proper steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

Enjoy Exercise Outside

Nothing is quite as good for your body (and mind!) as regular exercise.

Exercise improves overall health, the immune system, mood, and also helps you to control your weight. We highly recommend stepping off the treadmill and get outside. You can swim, hike, cycle, use a parcourse in a park or just take your dog for a long walk!

For the more athletic, interval training, such as body weight exercises, provides great workouts that are easily moved outside.

The most important part, however, is to have fun when doing your exercises and it will no longer feel like work!

 

Relax

After activities in the sun or working hard at the office, be sure to give yourself a break. Whether you have sore muscles or stress/anxiety, make time to unwind and relax after your workday.

Chronic stress is one of the worst things for your health, impacting every part of your body. Take a long bath, read a book, or treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.

If you have any aches and pains that cannot be readily solved by these techniques, make sure you get in and see us! We can help you get and stay in tip-top shape to enjoy your summer activities.

Without your health, you cannot enjoy all the wonderful activities the summer has to offer.

Although things get busy during the summer months, taking care of your health becomes no less important!

 


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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise This Spring

Spring is finally here and that means the air is warming, trees and flowers are blossoming, and most of all, that summer is right around the corner!

I’m sure you’ve seen the exercise motivation articles on the magazines at the grocery store checkout – “Get Your Body Beach Ready!” and other similar titles.

After a cold and dreary winter, it’s sometimes difficult to find motivation to continue with your resolution to drop pounds, be active or just get healthy. For some, springtime triggers an almost internal push to get active with the warmer weather.

Here are five ways you can motivate yourself to get out there and exercise this spring!

 

1. Go outdoors

You don’t have to always go to the gym to get your exercise.

Swap the treadmill or elliptical for a nature walk or bike ride in a local park with your kids or family or try doing a parcourse at a local park.

There are so many different ways you can get a workout in – get creative and have fun!

 

2. If you are already working out, switch up your routine

We can lose motivation because we’re simply bored with routine.

Try taking a class, like Yoga, Zumba, Pilates or Crossfit. For those not into the class mindset, Beachbody and DailyBurn both have free trial periods and provide a wealth of programs for every fitness level.

You can also challenge yourself by slowly increasing repetitions in your regular workouts.

 

3. Get a workout buddy

Having someone else to be accountable to is a great motivator! You can help and inspire each other to personal greatness.

However, not everyone makes a good workout partner. Make sure you choose someone who’s at a similar level of fitness and will motivate you, rather than someone who will drag you down or be too competitive.

Remember, you are both there for support and encouragement on your journeys! 🙂

 

4. Sign up for an event

From the moment you register, you’ll feel as though you’re being held accountable. Even if it’s for fun, you’ll still want to be ready for action.

With a goal in mind, you’ll be sure to stay focused.

 

5. Post reminders to push yourself

Grab some post-it notes and write yourself motivational reminders! They can be as simple as why you are doing this or even motivational quotes; write them down then stick it on your bathroom mirror.

If you’re more tech-savvy, put a reminder to workout or save motivational photos on your phone. Be your own cheerleader! 🙂 

 


We are here for you in every step of your journey to wellness should you need us! Same day appointments available most of the time at our office!

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Walking for Low Back Pain

 

Did you know that walking for low back pain is the best self-treatment?

 

More people are unfortunately living sedentary lives and thus are becoming more prone to low back pain due to lack of physical activity. While issues like this help keep us busy at our clinic locations, we also love to see our patients without unnecessary back issues.

The old stereotypes of bed-rest and sitting in a recliner for low back pain are history. Clinical practice guidelines generally advise people with an acute episode of low back pain to stay active.

 

Why walking for low back pain?

 

walking helps back pain The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons notes that exercising for 10 to 30 minutes one to three times per day is recommended during recovery from a bout with low back pain.

Walking is much less intense than many other forms of exercise and thus less likely to aggravate your back pain. It is also a particularly good form of exercise because it is less likely to damage the joints than other activities and helps maintain bone density.

Walking for low back pain works because it stimulates the brain to release serotonin and endorphins, which are neurotransmitter chemicals that make you feel better physically and mentally.

 

Benefits of walking for low back pain

 

walking back painA steady walking practice can lessen pain, hasten healing, boost strength, increase flexibility and core strength, and, in the long run, prevent recurrences of low back pain.

Walking strengthens your bones and muscles, including those in your feet, legs, hips and torso along with the core muscles that hold you upright.

Stretching before walking will improve your back’s flexibility, range of motion and posture, which can help prevent future back pain or reduce its severity.

Incorporating walking into your routine also helps to improve your spine’s strength; walking benefits your circulation, helping pump nutrients to tissue and drain toxins, which nourishes your spine.

 

How to start a walking regimen

 

walking shoes for back painPurchase athletic walking shoes that fit your feet correctly and feel comfortable. If you’re in physical discomfort with your footwear, you’re not going to want to go very far. Don’t abandon your new routine before it even starts with ill-fitting shoes.

Make sure you stretch before exercising. Use some gentle stretching techniques to stretch your neck, arms, hips, legs, hamstrings, and ankles.

Start out slow and easy, take breaks if necessary. Be prepared for some discomfort — at first. Walking will help build your endurance and core strength over time. Be patient and persistent.

When you walk, keep up a rapid pace but do not exercise to the point of breathlessness. You should be able to carry on a conversation without gasping for air. Begin with a slow five-minute walk and continue until you’re walking for at least 30 minutes, or 2 miles, three or four times a week.

Make sure to maintain correct posture to prevent further injury to your back — use your core muscles. Try to “suck in” your tummy so you’re more upright. Swing your arms and keep your hands relaxed.

Once you’re into a routine, you can incorporate hand and ankle weights into your walks to get more strength and cardio endurance.

 

Walk off the low back pain

 

walking regime for back painWhile it can be difficult to motivate yourself to keep moving despite your back pain, the results should be less pain and discomfort along with faster recovery.

One of the best advantages to establishing a walking routine for low back pain is that it doesn’t require a doctor, a physical therapist, or any fancy equipment to do.

You’ll also garner other wonderful health benefits from walking such as weight loss, decreased depression symptoms, and better sleep.

 


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