Summer and the new year always tends to bring social gatherings, and more motivation to stay fit and healthy. With the stress of our jobs and demanding lifestyles, it can be very easy to forget to listen to our bodies. We have put together a few simple suggestions to add to your routine, so you can maintain your health and well-being this Summer.
1. Battle of Stiffness
Ironically at this time of year, at North Carlton Osteopathy we see an influx of patients suffering from injuries due to falling out of their regular routine after a relaxing holiday vacation. Why? When we start to slow down, we use our muscles less which can in turn, cause the body to stiffen in areas that is usually more active. To reduce stiffness in your body we suggest setting aside 10-20 minutes each day to perform simple stretches. The benefits of regular stretching include:
- prevention of injuries
- reduced muscle tightness
- increased the extensibility of muscles
- strengthening of muscles
- reduced pain
Stretching must be performed slowly and only within a comfortable reach, to ensure it does not cause pain for your body. Hold your stretches for about 30 seconds while breathing slowly and deeply. This will enable you to concentrate on relaxing your muscles, so you can listen to how your body responds.
2. Boost Energy for the Mind, Body & Soul
When we start a new year, we find ourselves putting a lot of stress on our bodies which affects us emotionally, mentally and physically. While it is important to relax and unwind, regular exercise is a great way of boosting positivity and stimulating energy into the mind, body and soul. Whether you set aside 15 minutes or a full hour, exercise can help to reduce stress, anxiety and tension, giving you time to shift your mindset to a more positive light. The Summer season is the perfect time to get outdoors with a variety of walking trails to explore around North Carlton such as the Merri Creek Trail, Monee Ponds Creek Trail and the Darling Gardens.
3. Maintain a Healthy Balanced Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet can be challenging when you have endless social events to attend. Adding specific foods and spices into your diet can serve your body wonders and can help prevent inflammation and joint pain. Some key ingredients to consider are broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, fatty fish, garlic and turmeric. While drinking alcohol may be part of your social outings, it is important to reduce your consumption to prevent increased inflammation and trigger joint pain.
Remembering our three tips will leave your body feeling rejuvenated and refreshed! For expert advice call North Carlton Osteopathy on 03 9380 4626 or book online today. Don’t let your good intentions don’t end in chronic pain.