Spring is here which means the days are longer and the weather is warmer. It can be tempting to jump right back into your regular activities or to start a new outdoor sport, but there are a few things to consider – especially if the winter months were spent with reduced physical activity. Whether you want to take on running, tackle some yard work, return to golfing, or hop on a brand-new bike, here are some tips that will help you get back to it, without hurting your body.
Treating a winter injury: During the winter months you may have had some pain or injuries that were left untreated. Before you jump into your spring activities in full force, it is important to treat existing aches and pains to prevent prolonging or worsening an injury and/or pain. Our team of physiotherapists are here to help you recover and prepare you for your spring-time activities.
Progressive start: After periods of low or no activity, our bodies need a gradual progression to adjust into higher levels or new types of activity. A good rule of thumb for activities like running, walking, hiking and biking is to start with a shorter distance and increase by 10% each week. Additionally, when starting, it’s important to take rest days throughout the week to allow your body to rest and adapt to the new level of activity. If you need help getting back into or starting new activities this spring, our kinesiologists can help develop a proper progressive exercise program.
Fueling your body: With an increase in physical activity comes in an increase in the body’s energy needs. It is important to take a look at nutrition to make sure your body has the proper fuel to get you through your spring activities. Getting a proper amount of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fluids will provide the energy necessary for the body to complete and recover from your seasonal activities. If you need more guidance on optimal nutrition to fuel your movement, our dietician can help!
Time to put on your favorite exercising gear, grab a water bottle, and get back to the outdoor activities you love! And don’t forget your sunscreen!
The team at Capture Therapeutics looks forward to getting back into the spring of things with you!
Grand Falls: 473-7064