The summer season brings all kinds of new adventures, from trips to the beach and vacations to outdoor barbecues. Increased activity during the summer months can also mean more potential for injuries and even possible back pain or problems. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get the most out of your summer while keeping your body and your back healthy.
Sun Is Good - In Moderation
It's almost a given that you can expect to get more sunshine during the summer. Too much sun can cause sunburn and even painful sun poisoning, but in moderation, sun exposure is great for your mental well-being and your bones. The sun helps your body get vitamin D, a crucial vitamin that increases bone density and improves the strength of your bones. When you absorb vitamin D from the sun, you're getting it from a natural source that can help keep your mood elevated and your bones in healthy shape. This translates into a healthier back and neck as well, since strong bones need calcium, which vitamin D helps your bones absorb.
Fresh Food Is In Season
Summer is a terrific time to visit your local farmer's market or food grower to get an abundance of healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats. Eating healthy can improve your immune system function and build up your body's ability to heal if you become injured. Head out to your local market to see what kinds of delicious, fresh and healthy foods you can find for a summertime menu that will not only taste amazing but will also keep your body strong so you can enjoy warm weather activities with a better chance of staying in good shape. An improved immune system not only fights off infection, but it can also help minimize the chances of any injuries becoming too severe, including back-related ones.
Working in the yard and doing a bit of landscaping during the warm weather is something many homeowners enjoy. With this increase in outdoor labor comes an increase in potential back pain or injury. Remember to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Too much strain on the back can turn into a chronic issue if it's not addressed. By taking frequent breaks, you're giving your body and back the rest it needs to keep going and to keep it safe from injury. If you feel any pain in your back, it's best to stop working until the pain subsides rather than keep going or else you'll run the risk of making the issue worse. Follow these simple tips for summertime fun and enjoyment, and your back and body will thank you.
To learn more, contact a chiropractor in your area.