Fun in the Sun: Protect Yourself
Summer Is HERE! Now we can go outside and do all the things we’ve been waiting all winter and spring to do. Work in the yard, go to the lake, ride the bike…the list goes on. What is often forgotten is the fact that since we’ve been inactive much of the last few months, we may not be in good enough shape to jump back into the same outdoor lifestyle we had last fall.
What should we do?
Moderation! Definitely go outside. Enjoy yourself, enjoy time with family, and enjoy time with your friends. But start out slow. If you like to hike, start with shorter distances and build up your stamina for longer events. Like to ride your bike? There is an abundance of wonderful trails in our region. Just pace yourself.
Your yard – oh, THE WEEDS!
Yes, you have to take care of your flowerbeds. However, it may have been a while since you spent hours bending over fighting the dandelions. So be sure to warm up your back just like you would if you were going to the gym.
Speaking of your back, make sure that your spine is working and functioning to the fullest! It would be a shame to lose any day to pain. Especially a sunny Saturday or Sunday with family. Seeing a chiropractor for a spinal evaluation to screen for any problems and taking steps to correct them is a great way to avoid missing out this summer.
Lastly, remember your skin!
If you are going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time, it would be wise to use a safe, non-toxic sunscreen. A great resource to evaluate the toxic load of your sunscreen is through the Environmental Working Group website – EWG.org. Each year they evaluate over 1000 different sunscreens for toxic chemicals and effectiveness. Enjoy your summer, and time with family and friends!
Dr. Dan Miller has been serving the Beaverton area since 1992. He has long held the belief that good health begins before birth. As a certified member of the ICPA, he has worked with thousands of parents and children over the years. For more information, visit his website at: www.BeavertonFamilyChiropractic.com