As much as the summer months are eagerly anticipated, they can pave the way to more injuries, aches and pains for many people — especially as outdoor activities pick up, including gardening, boating, mowing and swimming.
A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh showed that women and men are more active in the summer than any other season. Statistics from the CDC also show that it’s the season when trips to the emergency room spike, from issues ranging from lawn mowing injuries to dehydration and aching feet.
That doesn’t mean people have to lessen active time in the summer. There are ways to better enjoy those extra hours of daylight without running into muscle pains, cramps, and more serious injuries.
Stay hydrated. It’s easy for people to be so involved in activities that water doesn’t remain a top priority. It’s important to know that dehydration can lead to muscle damage. According to a registered dietician, Katherine Tallmadge, M.A, R.D., water is the most important and frequently neglected nutrient. Some tips for staying hydrated include:
- Drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. This amount can change due to personal conditions, so consult a physician to ensure the proper amount
- Carrying a reusable water bottle around, drinking and refilling it throughout the day
- Drinking water before and during meals
Some people who don’t necessarily enjoy drinking plain water can add sliced fruit to it for a bit of flavor.
Consider a supplement. Valerin is a completely natural, non-habit forming supplement made of Valerian Root, Passiflora, and magnesium. Valerin’s gluten-free formula is well known for its possible ability to provide prevention and treatment of muscle pain and tension, back pain, leg cramps, and many other symptoms of living a more active lifestyle than usual. It may also help with nerves and stress.
Stretch before and after physical activities. Running, walking, swimming, and other summer activities can lead to muscle cramps and soreness. Stretching before and after physical activities can help reduce the chances of getting aches and pains during and after a workout or even spending extra time at the playground with the family.
Always consult with a physician before making a significant change in diet or activity. Stick with these simple tips and enjoy more activity with less pain all summer long.