Tips to Maintain Winter Musculoskeletal Health
The winter season can bring with it snowy days and nights spent warming by the fire. Unfortunately, the snow and ice the season brings can create a serious disruption to your everyday activities like going out for groceries and getting some much-needed exercise. However, staying active is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your winter musculoskeletal health. At Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, we have gathered a few tips to keep your muscles healthy during the winter.
One of the things that are often difficult to avoid during the winter is shoveling snow. Before grabbing the shovel and heading out to remove the snow, it is important to get your muscles ready.
Take a brisk 5-10 minute walk and do a few gentle stretches for your legs, back, shoulders, and arms.
Use an appropriate shovel. The shovel should be lightweight, the handle should be at chest height to reduce forward bending, and it should have a smaller blade to reduce the amount of snow being lifted.
Pace yourself, take breaks, drink plenty of water, dress appropriately for the cold, and listen to your body for hints of when to stop. Be sure to look out for shortness of breath, feeling nauseous, or sweating.
Staying active during the winter is often difficult, but it is one of the most important things you should do to maintain your muscle health. Physical activity may be slightly painful, but it will strengthen the muscles and help them remain stabilized so that they move properly. A few tips you can use to stay active include:
Do some light cardio exercises, such as walking, bicycle crunches, push-ups, and squats. Remember to stretch before and after exercising.
If the temperatures are too cold to go for a walk outdoors, walk around the house and take a few laps up and down the stairs.
Contact Our Chiropractors in Topeka, KS
Contact Bolz Chiropractic if you would like to learn more about maintaining winter muscle health or to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors. Call our team today at (785) 272-2090 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.