By: Dr. Ryan Lee
It’s summer, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun activities under the sun. However, if you suffer from back or joint pain you may be hesitant to join in. Never fear, here is a list of summer activities that are not only safe and healthy but are chiropractor recommended to to keep you active and enjoying the longer days!
Swimming is a summer must. Not only is it a great way to cool off, but it’s also good exercise because it has a low impact on the body due to the water’s buoyancy carrying most of the body’s weight. This presents an opportunity to alleviate joint pain and back pain while strengthening your muscles and having some fun. There are also endless options in the water, you can swim casually, swim laps, or even consider a water aerobics class. So if the heat starts to get to you, don’t be afraid to jump in the pool.
Hiking is a great way to get outside, exercise, and explore nature. Just be sure to take your time and use a walking stick to support yourself if necessary. This type of exercise releases endorphins to improve your mood while also boosting bone density and heart health. Grab your water bottle as you’ll want to stat hydrated, and comfy sneakers and explore some new places.
3. Bike Riding
Almost all of us learned to ride a bike as kids. Most people remember their first bike, and they do so with happy care free memories of childhood: Long sunny days playing with friends or trips to the park with family. Riding a bike is a great low impact summer activity and gives you the opportunity to explore where you live some more. It’s a great exercise to improve leg strength which can help better support your joints. Remember to maintain a good posture, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed.
Grilling is a staple of summer. When it comes to eating healthier during the summer, there’s no easier way than to fire up your grill. This way of cooking isn’t just for your proteins- grilling helps to intensify the flavors of fruits and vegetables.
Yoga is a good exercise year round but especially in the summer and for people who suffer from back and joint pain. Yoga can be used to alleviate current and future joint pain. What makes it even better in the summer is that yoga under the sun can help warm and relax your body, improving flexibility and the effectiveness of yoga all together. The advantages it has on your mind alone can lead to overall better health.
6. Farmer’s Market
During the summer there are many opportunities to head out to your local farmers market and is recommended by a chiropractor due to all the health benefits. Walking alone supports your joints and strengthens your muscles. As you move, joint fluid increases which helps bring oxygen and nutrients into the area. This reduces the risk of stiff joints that can become inflamed and irritated. Not to mention you will also be leaving with the freshest produce out there and some other delicious treats.
7. Laying in a Hammock
Yes, simply laying back and relaxing in a hammock is a chiropractor recommended summer activity. The flexibility of a hammock allows you to relax your body and joints, helping you fight inflammation and alleviate joint pain. It also gives your body time to rejuvenate and promote blood circulation all while soaking up vitamin D. So don’t forget to sit back, grab your favorite book and relax this summer.
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Dr. Ryan Lee is the practicing chiropractic physician at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic. For his full bio, click here. *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Ryan Lee and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Lee does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.