Spring has sprung. That means we will be spending a lot more time outside staying active and playing the life of the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman. Take these things into consideration as you venture into the great outdoors:
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. You should be drinking throughout the day and while you are out staying active or exercising – whether it is in the park, on the trails or elsewhere, keep your water bottle handy. On the other hand, avoid overhydrating. A good rule of thumb is to drink when you are thirsty.
- Don’t strain yourself. If you aren’t accustomed to doing rigorous hiking, don’t make that the first activity you put on your list for the spring. Do what you are comfortable with, and work your way up to the challenges. Whatever it is, stay safe, and be sure your body is prepared for the movement with which you’ll be engaging – from swimming to hiking and everything in between. Warm up, and get your body ready.
- Wear gear to protect yourself. Make sure everyone in your group has the right equipment for your activity. If you hike, wear appropriate sturdy shoes. If you bike, wear your helmet. If you are in the water, wear a life vest.
- Work with a physical therapist to prepare yourself for the activity. Physical therapy isn’t just for rehabilitation. If you’re preparing for a trail run or a hike, you can use the assistance of a physical therapist to work with you on the best ways to move so that your body can be the best version of itself.
The weather is beautiful, so it’s time to get out there and enjoy it. Prepare yourself beforehand so that you can enjoy it in the best way possible.