Winter seasons often promote curious lifestyle behaviors that are not common in other seasons. Our urge to remain inside, for instance, changes drastically during winter months. And it can take more effort to get outdoors and do things that are beneficial to our health.
However, a sedentary lifestyle can leave us vulnerable to a wide range of health issues, including flu, common cold, and joint pains among others. But there are many things that you can do to boost your immunity and overall well-being.
Without further ado, here are the best chiropractic tips that you can leverage during winter to improve your overall health.
1. Exercise Frequently
Cold weather can bring out the natural instinct to stay indoors for even the most active people. However, it shouldn’t be an excuse to forgo your regular exercise routine. Resist the urge to hibernate as exercise can give you a significant immune system boost, help you avoid weight gain, and give you myriad health benefits.
So, strive to engage in consistent exercise, even if it is just a few bouts in a day. Some of the easy exercise routines that you can resort to in case you don’t get the motivation to hit the gym to include taking brisk walks during lunch breaks, joining yoga classes or taking to the stairs whenever possible. Put simply, regardless of how you choose to maintain your physical activity, the best thing to do is to make exercise part of your daily routine.
2. Prevent Winter Slips and falls
A lot of injuries during this time of the year are caused by slipping and falling. Demaine Chiropractic & Rehab Centers, for instance, report to treating a multitude of slip and fall injuries during winter, including vertebral misalignment, pinched nerves, musculoskeletal injuries, neck and back pain, and spinal cord injuries among others. Fortunately, chiropractic care and other non-invasive treatment methods can be used to help the body’s muscular and nervous system regain optimum health and balance. Here are quick tips to help you avoid common injuries during winter:
- Wear anti-slip, insulated shoes with rubber treads.
- Always ensure that you can see where you are walking. If you are carrying a bulky item, it is easy to miss a slippery patch of ice in front of you.
- For optimum balance, walk slowly and try to shuffle your feet close to the ground with arms extended to your sides.
- Stick to well-maintained and well-lighted pathways.
3. Ease body stiffness with chiropractic care
If you are already experiencing joint pains such as achy knees, neck stiffness or shoulder soreness, cold weather may exacerbate your problems. The main cause of this is the vibration in atmospheric pressure. Synovial fluid (the fluid contained in our joints) tends to move less freely when it is cold. Accordingly, the joints might slightly stiffen up due to a lack of sufficient lubrication.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can help your joints move properly and avert potential overuse injuries such as tennis elbow, muscle strains, frozen should, and muscle strains. Chiropractic care also ensures proper alignment of the spine, which can go a long way in boosting blood flow to vital organs.
4. Get Proper Sleep
Proper rest is needed for the optimum functioning of your immune system. When you get sufficient sleep, your body is likely to have a stronger immune response to disease-causing organisms than when you haven’t gotten enough sleep. This is due to the fact that the release of certain hormones (that are responsible for the health of your immune system) occurs when you are asleep.
Even if you do everything right—exercise well, avoid slip and fall injuries, and eat a balanced diet—if you don’t get enough sleep, your health is likely to suffer. Even worse, insufficient sleep can increase your risks of diabetes, can interfere with your hormonal balance, and accelerate aging.
5. Stay Hydrated
Lack of heat during winter seasons makes many people forget about the importance of drinking enough water. However, insufficient water in the body lowers the capability of the body to process waste, making your joints feel stiff and achy. Always carry water with you and ensure that you are taking the proper amount.
Without any doubt, winter months promote a lot of lifestyle changes. However, you should never be tempted to leave your body unprepared at this time of the year. Stay positive and use some of the above-highlighted tips to maintain your body and overall health.
Most importantly, don’t forget to make a few trips to your chiropractor to help you prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions. Chiropractic care has been proven to alleviate several symptoms, including back and neck pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and headaches among others. Regular chiropractic adjustments will also give you an excuse to do with away with the hibernating habit and help keep your body performing optimally so that opportunistic injuries and health issues don’t set you back further.