Get out and soak up that summer sun!
Throwing a Frisbee around and running in the sand makes for a killer workout. Getting a group together for a game of volleyball on the beach is super fun and you’ll definitely feel it when you get home.
Water is a perfect place to exercise in the heat and humidity of summer. Swimming or treading water is a great way to work the cardiovascular system. If you are boating, go out to an open area, stop the boat and do some swimming.
Pools are also a great place to get a workout! An advantage to exercising in a pool is that the buoyancy of the water takes stress off the joints. At the same time, swimming and other aquatic exercises can strengthen back and core muscles.
Want to get active this summer? There are countless amounts of hikes are waiting for you! Work your entire body while in rocky and mountainous terrain by pole hiking. The upper body motion really gets the heart rate going. You move with quicker, smaller steps, your arms are pumping and it’s almost like race walking. Using poles allows you to involve the upper body in activity that normally works mainly the legs and glutes. It’s a great way to add some intensity to your hiking.
1. Have a ball. If you’re bound to a desk, I suggest sitting on a yoga ball. It may look totally silly, but it’s so good for your core and your posture. Here at the LC headquarters, we rotate sitting on an exercise ball.
2. Time it. Every hour, squeeze together your shoulder blades for an instant posture pick-me-up. Also, be sure to give these stretches a try.
3. Think up! If you feel your head or shoulders jut forward, pull them back and act as if a string were pulling you up from the top of your head.
4. Get some help. If you sit in a chair most of the day, try getting a back pad to add some lumbar support and keep your posture in check.
Chiropractic care has been shown repeatedly to increase not only the range of motion of the spine but also in the extremities. Increasing a person’s range of motion can positively affect lives in many ways. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to bend down to pick up their grandchildren. For others, it means they can garden without pain or get an extra 40 yards of distance out of their driver on the golf course. In many cases, an increase in range of motion immediately follows chiropractic adjustments. This is one of the reasons why many top professional sporting teams have team chiropractors.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. (It’s so safe that children are encouraged to be seen by a Chiropractor to avoid future problems) Chiropractic is so effective because most causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures. Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to identify and treat subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) and their subsequent effect on the central nervous system. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers merely mask the symptoms and have many undesirable side effects.