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Stay Active and Healthy This Summer with Chiropractic-Approved Activities!

Stay Active and Healthy This Summer with Chiropractic-Approved Activities!

Summer is here and studies have shown that being outdoors has overwhelming health benefits, both physical and mental. However, not all summertime activities are created equal, and some may counteract some of the progress achieved through chiropractic care. At Legacy Health Chiropractic, we encourage our patients to enjoy summer to its fullest but to engage in activities that support joint health, flexibility, strengthened muscles, and posture. Below is a list of fun, chiropractic-approved activities to enjoy this summer!

Swimming: Naturally low-impact, swimming works every muscle group, and is one of the most efficient means of burning calories. Best of all, swimming is the only exercise where you can burn maximum calories without breaking a sweat. Swimming is not only a great way to stay fit, but also to stay cool on the hot summer days, which are abundant around here. One way to avoid injury while swimming is using proper form and avoiding over-exertion. Strokes like the backstroke and freestyle can be easier on the back. If you’ve never swam for exercise before, consider taking a lesson or two or joining a local swimming team.

Yoga: Yoga has proven physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. In fact, the American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain and is proven to improve symptoms of arthritis and swollen joints. Chiropractors suggest focusing on poses that support spinal health such as Cat-Cow, Child's Pose and Cobra. If you’ve never tried yoga before, consider joining a class to learn how to do the poses correctly before trying them at home.

Hiking: Hiking is a great way to exercise this summer while enjoying nature. Hiking is low impact, strengthens lower body muscles, and is great for endurance and cardiovascular health, particularly if your hike involves some hills, which will cause your heart to work harder. Hiking on an uneven trail can also challenge your core, forcing the body to practice balancing skills. Tips to avoid injury while hiking include wearing proper footwear, carrying a well-balanced backpack, having plenty of water available and avoiding hills that are too steep or may create back strain. Check out some of our local trails here.

Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding: Take a trip to the local Flint River or Smith Lake and try your hand at kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding. Kayaking and canoeing are great ways to explore nature and enjoy nearby waterways but are sure to support overall health and wellness goals this summer.  Regular kayaking and canoeing increases muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, but is also great for the torso muscles. Paddleboarding also promotes core stability, balance, and upper body strength. Make sure to use proper paddling techniques to avoid back and shoulder strain. Stay safe by choosing calm waters to start with if you’re a beginner, and always wear a life vest.

Be aware of these activities: To prevent injury or the reversal of your chiropractic care, there are certain activities to be cautious of this summer.

  • Heavy lifting – If done incorrectly, this can lead to back strain.

  • High-Impact Sports – Some sports such as football, soccer or basketball can place a lot of stress on the spine and joints, often leading to injury or misalignment.

  • Amusement Park Rides – Rides that accelerate or decelerate quickly can cause misalignment and exacerbate existing issues.

  • Certain water sports – Water skiing, wakeboarding or jet skiing often involve sudden jolts or falls that can cause spinal pain.

Some general tips for summer activities

  • To prevent injury, always warm up before starting an activity and cool down afterwards.

  • Drink plenty of water, especially when outdoors in the heat.

  • Protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, choosing breathable clothing and wearing a hat.

  • Take frequent breaks and pay attention to pain and discomfort – stop an activity if it hurts and seek help from a professional if the pain persists.

By choosing these chiropractic-friendly activities, you are sure to have a safe and fun summer while maintaining overall well-being and proper spinal health.


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