As the days get longer, the temperature warms up and spring is approaching, it’s time to start getting more active after a long cold winter of hibernation. Spring is the perfect time to boost your energy and start doing the things you love again.
But after what has been a long few months of dealing with colder weather, and a lack of activity, getting moving again can lead to stiff joints, sore muscles, and discomfort that spoils the time you share with your family and friends.
Here are 3 simple tips on how to make the most of these warmer months, stay injury-free and easily transition back into activity.
Ease Back Into It
First and foremost, ease into it. After months of reduced activity, your body needs time to adjust, and doing this gradually means that you can enjoy a more active life now the weather has improved without any aches and pains.
So, please don’t overdo it!
Consider how much you've been walking, exercising, working, socializing, and everything else that gets your body moving.
Now, make the most of the nicer weather approaching, but go at a comfortable pace - jumping back in full force can lead to aches, pains, and even injuries.
If you've spent a lot more time this winter sitting at home reading or catching up on your favorite shows, then start with something light like a walk or gentle bike ride and eventually increase the intensity as you become more accustomed to being active.
Spring is a great time to be outside – so take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by going for walks, runs, hikes, or rides with friends and family.
Don’t forget to soak up the sunshine and all its vitamin D benefits!
Being outdoors regularly can make a big difference to your mental health and make it much easier to get back into exercise when you have fallen out of the routine.
If you're a little bit nervous and worried about how your balance may have suffered with a winter of inactivity, read our blog - How To Improve Balance where you can discover simple ways to build your confidence on your feet, and two simple exercises that improve your balance.
Fix Any Injuries That Have Became A Problem Over Winter
Colder weather and a lack of movement can often lead to stiffer joints, and tight, rigid muscles that mean you don't feel like getting out and about this spring - or in pain when you do.
But you don't have to put up with these injuries.
If you want to make the most of spring and summer and fill it with fun-filled family weekends, and socializing with your friends, fixing niggling injuries is key to this.
When you're invited on a weekend trip with your grandchildren to the beach, do you want to be worrying about your hip pain flaring up?
When the sunshine is glorious, and you want to enjoy the warmth on your skin while you take your dogs on a long walk, do you want this to be spoiled by the sharp shooting pains in your knee?
Of course not.
So, let's fix it!
At Titan Physical Therapy in Lexington, we offer a Free Discovery Visit with an expert physical therapist to help you feel great, and able to make the most of the nicer weather making lots of memories with your family and friends!
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