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For many people, summer means more time spent outdoors with friends and family. Vacations, sports, and even home improvement projects keep people busy and active. But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get a little carried away, especially in the heat of the warmer months. The last thing you want is to wind up with an injury that puts you out of commission for days or weeks at a time.

Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we’re all about helping patients stay active and free of injury. It’s important to pace yourself and practice self-care techniques that will keep you safe and healthy. Read on for three essential tips on how you can get the most out of your summer, without any of the negative side effects.

1. Be Prepared

Summer brings a variety of activities, such as swimming, hiking, and other sports. The single most influential thing you can do to prevent injury is to come properly equipped. Wear supportive shoes that will keep you stable and well-balanced. Use a brace if you have particular joints that bother you. Don protective equipment to avoid any serious injuries when playing sports.

2. Don’t Push Your Body

It’s easy to get swept up in the rush of the season, and that makes it even easier to ignore your body’s warning signs. While a full schedule can be great fun, you must take a break and rest every so often. This is especially important if you’re spending the day outdoors, exposed to the elements. Your body will let you know when it needs to find some shade and recharge for a bit. Even so, be sure to get a good night’s sleep so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

3. Protect Yourself From the Sun

The sun is at its most intense during the summer. The hot rays of sunlight can be relentless, causing dehydration, sunburn, and even heat stroke. It’s absolutely essential that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun’s effects. Dress in light colors to keep yourself cool, apply (and reapply) plenty of sunscreen to exposed skin, and carry an insulated water bottle to ensure that you always have a cold drink on hand.

Bonus Tip: Consult a Chiropractor

Living with discomfort can keep you from fully enjoying your summer. If you suffer from chronic pain, or you need help recovering from an injury, consider visiting a chiropractor. Wirth Chiropractic would be glad to schedule a free consultation to discuss natural treatment options. Contact us today, and get back to being you!