7 Back care tips for Summer Holidays, by Broadwater Osteopaths, Worthing

Back care tips for a better Summer Holiday

We all want to enjoy our summer holidays, whether you are spending time with the kids, away on holiday or enjoying a staycation. These simple tips may help to ease pain and make the summer a little more enjoyable.

  1. Ditch the flip-flops. Whilst they may be ok for a very short time period, flip flops offer very little support and encourage the toes to claw up to help grip. This can result in back and leg pains. Buy summer shoes that offer support and stop the slip and slide effect of flip flops.
  2. Pace yourself. We all think we are able to do in a time period than is actually achievable. Pace tasks and switch tasks regularly. Do little and often, rather than all in one go.
  3. Warm up before you start. Your body needs a little TLC and preparation to work if it is not going to let you down. A few gentle stretches in the morning and before exercise, will help you.
  4. Hydrate well and apply sunscreen. Water is essential for fluid dynamics within the body and in warmer weather more is lost through perspiration. Ensure you rehydrate regularly. Protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun by using sun cream and sun blocks. Ensure kids are covered and kept cool and in the shade.
  5. Be prepared when you travel. Pack your pillow and even a wheat bag or ice pack too. Try to ensure luggage is kept to a minimum. Do you really need 16 dresses for 1 weeks holiday? Lifting heavy bags can put adverse pressure on the joints and spine, so keep loads to a minimum.
  6. Enjoy, live and laugh. Keeping a positive mind helps to keep a positive body too. Spend time with friends, socialise, practise mindfulness or yoga. Whatever your ‘feel good’ factor is, make time for it. Remember we have 1 life and we need to live it.
  7. Don’t stress over the little things. We all worry too much these days, but try to only spend time on thoughts you have control over. Learn to accept those that you cannot change. Think of the bigger picture and beyond your own concerns, then rethink about how important they Really are.

Have fun and enjoy Summer……………

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