5 Fun Summer Activities That Combat Joint Pain!

 

For people living with chronic pain, summer can feel like a daunting season. However, trying the right activities can actually help with provide some relief. Consider adding a combination of these activities to your schedule this summer:

1. Go Swimming!

Swimming strengthens joints and relieves pan
What better way to enjoy the hot, sweltering heat of summer than taking a refreshing dip in your backyard pool or a nearby lake? Swimming is a great way to have fun and relax with the whole family.  It’s also a fantastic aerobic exercise that will strengthen your muscles and joints, without creating additional wear and tear.  Did you know that being submerged in water naturally lowers your blood pressure?

2. Go on a Bike Ride!

Bike Rides Provide Exercise while Improving Joint Health

Who doesn’t love going on a bike ride on a nice sunny day? Gather the family, strap on your helmets and hit the road.  Riding a bike is a low impact activity that’s not only fun, it’s a great way to exercise and will improve your overall fitness.  You’ll also be making memories that your family will cherish forever!

3. Take a Nap in a Hammock!

Nap in a Hammock to Rejuvenate Your Body

With all the excess activities we take part in during the summer, your body needs time to rejuvenate!  Take this opportunity to relax in a hammock under your favorite tree.  Your body needs rest to combat inflammation and heal your aching joints.  What better place than a swinging hammock, chilling in the shade with a gentle breeze?

4. Take a Hike!

Hiking is great exercise for the whole family!

Hiking strengthens our muscles which relieves chronic pain. Try checking out a new lake, a trail at a local park or just walk your neighborhood. Need suggestions in your area? Connect with hiking Facebook groups or Meetups in your area.

5. Hot Yoga in the Sun!

Hot Yoga Strengthens Joints and Improves Flexibility

Yoga has become the go-to technique for promoting relaxation and exercise while also being a source of physical therapy which encourages overall wellness within your body.  Did you know that performing yoga in hot weather helps improve your flexibility and increases its effectiveness? So head to a local beach, lakeshore or even your backyard for a little downward dog in the sun!

Getting out and enjoying the heat of summer doesn’t have to be the cause of additional aches and pains, in fact there are tons of activities that are known to decrease joint pain and promote overall wellness.

Start Slowly for Pain Free Fun!

An important rule to remember is to start slowly.  Don’t throw yourself fully into any activity, but work your way in gradually.  Give your body time to adapt to the increasing levels of exertion.  One of the best ways to ensure your body is ready for summer is to get a chiropractic adjustment.  It’ll help realign your spine, taking pressure off of your discs and joints, which will help avoid injuries.

Don’t let pain keep you locked up indoors this summer. Try some of our suggestions, come up with some of your own ideas, and take back your summer.

 

Friendly reminder to drink plenty of water and avoid excessively high temperatures.