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An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

Posted by Vicki on 05/24/2016

Summer weather makes me want to get outside and get active. After being in the house all winter and not as active as I wanted to be, I know that the first time out I will be paying for that inactivity for several days. Here are a few things that can help us get back in the swing of things and lessen the pain in the days following.

 

 Getting your body moving again. Here are a few things that will help you get moving after being a couch potato all winter.

  1. Pace yourself - Don’t take on big projects first thing out. Do smaller projects that can be completed in less than an hour with a couple of breaks included. This will let your body ease into being more active slowly. Don’t ask your body to go from 0 to 100 miles an hour without some warm up.
  2. Stretch out your legs and back before jumping into an activity - The most common pain following any activity is back and leg pain. If you take a few minutes to stretch out your hamstrings, calves, and your back they will be much less sore in the days following your increase in activity.
  3. Stay hydrated - It is easy to get dehydrated when you get busy outside. Dehydration leads to muscle cramping and soreness. Flushing your system out will lessen the soreness in the days to follow. Remember that your heart is a muscle and can suffer from dehydration as well.
  4. Don’t lift items that are more than you are accustomed to lifting - Try to make more trips with lighter loads or get help when you can’t create smaller loads. The number one reason for an injury that doesn’t resolve in a few days is injuries from lifting too much weight. These injuries can lead you to therapy to resolve a muscle tear that doesn’t resolve after several weeks.
  5. Recover from your activity with a warm bath or shower for total body help - Use a cold pack on an area that you may have strained during your work. Remember a good rule of thumb is to only do as much activity as you would be able to repeat tomorrow. If you do too much and can’t repeat the same amount of work easily the next day, it was too much!