7Tips for Camping without the Ache!!!
Warm weather is here, it’s time to go outdoors and have fun! Camping is one warm weather activity that many of us look forward to this time of year. The fresh air, roasting marshmallows at the campfire and a swim in the lake are difficult to resist. But preparing for camping is just as important as enjoying it. Be ready for the unexpected.
Camp grounds and parks offer so many different activities to participate in making it perfect for pleasing the whole family. We want to help out all our campers this summer with some useful tips to follow before you load up the tent and strap your canoe on the roof of the car:
- Test your equipment: Before packing materials in your vehicle, test your equipment to ensure it works and do so safely.
- Plan for activities. Plan your activities in advance to ensure that you have the right equipment and are physically ready for the challenge.
- Familiarize yourself with your campsite. Learning about the facility and what is available to you helps you prepare in advance for what to bring.
- Make a list. Preparation is key! Make a list of the items that you may need, but make sure not to over pack. Packing extra weight can put a strain on your body, so be selective
Like many physical endeavors, camping can pose a number of risks. Preparing for the challenges ahead can help prevent potential injuries. If you plan on doing activities such as hiking, biking, or running, it is a good idea to see your chiropractor in advance for tips and advice on how to physically prepare yourself when outdoors. Here are some tips to consider:
- Support your back. From packing to pitching the tent or while on a hike, keep neutral curves in your spine while keeping your core engaged and active.
- Mind the lift. Remember to bend from the hips and knees while using your legs to lift. Keep a neutral spine and use your entire body to turn. Pivot from your feet to move your body.
- Pack light. Carry only what you need, and avoid excess. This can help prevent fatigue and strain from packing, hiking, or even canoeing. Being a minimalist can help prevent injuries.
Ref: Canadian Chiropractic Society