Be the Best You Can Be This Winter Season
Peak Physical Therapy has a fun but very professional atmosphere. I truly appreciate their care and support in strengthening my knee and getting ready for the ski hills next winter. It has been a pleasure.
- Barbara W.
Old man winter has arrived in the valley. Along with the cold and flu season, 'tis the season for back pain due to shoveling snow, as well as sprains/strains and fractures from those winter spills and thrills.
We have been told since childhood to wash our hands to keep the bad bugs away but what you probably never heard is that good nutrition and adequate hydration are just as important. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables help boost your immune system and reduce the risk for infections. All that chicken soup your mom made you has been proven to decrease the length and severity of cold symptoms. Because the winter air is drier, your mucous membranes lose needed moisture and become cracked, thereby becoming fertile ground for viruses and bacteria to grow. So be sure to drink plenty of water this season to reduce your risk. It has been recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses a day.
So now that you've taken care of your general health, let's talk about how to take care of your physical body. We become less active in these dark wintry months so some gentle stretches and a short 20 minute exercise program that focuses on core strength can go a long way towards prevention of a back ache after a strenuous episode of snow shoveling. It's also important to remember to use good body mechanics, such as bending at the hips and knees, avoid twisting, and keep your spine in a neutral position. Walking is just as important now as it is in good weather. Many times it is simply unsafe to walk outside and you don't have access to a treadmill, so what can you do? Think of your house as a track and walk laps indoors or if you have access to a store, go window shopping. No matter your circumstances, you can and should walk daily. It helps to keep you flexible, maintain muscle tone and improve your cardiovascular system. It can also help chase those winter blues away.
So be safe. Be healthy and have a Great New Year!