Can you believe it’s June? Other than blooming flowers, sporadic severe weather and lots of mosquitos, the start of June also means summer is just around the corner. With the beautiful weather brings DIY projects (so many DIY projects). From landscaping to home remodeling each weekend seems to be filled with work! Sometimes our bodies don’t appreciate all that work and seems to remind that we are no longer 18 years old! If that ever happens to you, take a minute to read these tips for your next DIY project:
Lift with your legs: You’ve probably heard this one a few (hundred) times, but it can’t be stressed enough. Your legs, not your back, are made to carry the heavy loads. Get into a squat position, keep your back straight as you lower yourself to pick up the object, then stand up straight. Try to keep your back as straight as possible, even if it the object doesn’t seem to be “too heavy”. You may wake up the next day wore a few sore leg muscles, but it’s better than waking up and not being able to get out of bed!
Take a break from bending over! If you’re working on a project that requires you to bend over for a significant amount of time (think gardening, laying flooring, plumbing), take regular breaks. Dr. Koehn suggests breaking and stretching for 5 minutes, every 30 minutes that you work. Here are a few stretches you could do:
Regular breaks may mean it takes a little longer to finish the project, but it will help your back from getting as sore. Plus, it’s good to rest and stretch those muscles!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One thing that is easy to forget when working, is to stay hydrated. Although a nice, cold beer may sound like your best option, water will help your body recovery from your work. Not much of a water person? Drinks high in electrolytes are always a great alternative.
If you do injure yourself while working this summer get in to see Dr. Koehn so he can give you an evaluation.
Have questions about what you should do? Give us call at 316-440-8363! Koehn Chiropractic is always available to help with your health concerns.
-Dr. Rob Koehn