Summer normally means vacation, relaxation and activities. This also means there is a real chance for injuries. It is not something anyone wants to think about, but they do happen. Injuries from sports, bicycling, playgrounds, amusement parks and swimming are common. Here are a few things to consider for optimal safety.
1. Warm up – No exercise should begin without warming up your muscles and joints. Stretches and shaking arms and legs is perfect. Be sure to cool down as well using similar activities.
2. Water, water everywhere – Water is the most important thing you need during the summer. Staying hydrated is key, as the real dangers of heat exhaustion and stroke can be life threatening. Even if you don’t think you need any water, drink some anyway.
3. Footwear – Ahh; summer and flip flops go hand in hand. Great for slipping on and off for the beach, not so good for distance bicycling, walking or hiking in the mountains. Make sure you wear appropriate shoes for these activities.
4. Safety gear – Some think a bicycle helmet looks dorky and dumb. Looking dorky and dumb while on a bicycle is better than looking dorky and dumb on the pavement with a gashed wound in the head. See my point?
5. Intensive exercise early and late – Your body will adjust to hot weather over time, but until that happens, limit your strenuous activities for the cooler parts of the day. As you feel better, you can increase and change workout routines.
Make sure you keep an eye on the family and yourself. Kids love running and playing, but they need to hydrate like anyone else. Know your own limits, and do not push beyond what you think is a safe level. There are no rewards for getting hurt. Be safe; enjoy your summer!
For more safety tips like these, contact Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.