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Stuck At Home? Stay Active.

“Surreal” is how I would describe the state of the world right now. It feels strange to look outside and see less than half as many vehicles and pedestrians out-and-about, especially since the weather is so nice outside and, as Minnesotans, we spend 6 months per year in-doors waiting for days like today. While the surreal-ness of our distancing efforts is unsettling to be certain, it is absolutely necessary to ensure the well-being of those at greatest risk of COVID-19 related death. As disruptive to our normal lives that these events might be, it’s important to remember that you’re not restricted from being outside in your own back yard. To continue supporting both our mental and physical wellness in fun and relaxing ways is important in managing the stress of the current situation, heavy as it is. So, while you spend some time exploring your own back yard soaking up some Vitamin D, here are some easy ways to add some physicality and help you feel your best:

  1. Get outside (your norm): Move in ways that feel outside your normal movement patterns, but also feel within the core of your competence. For example, try a side lunge or “warrior pose” for the yoga enthusiasts. Ask yourself “How does this movement make my body feel?” Does it comfortably “test” the limits of your range-of-motion? If so, remember that feeling and play around with other unusual positions – the sky is limit!
  2. Awareness is king: Stay alert to how your body feels as you move it in space. Feel your muscles stretch and contract. Can you name the muscles as you feel them turn on or off? Mindfully engaging in movement is critical to breaking the monotony of our usual, repetitive, mindlessly-routine activities. For example, rather than ignoring points-of-tension, mindful movement pushes us to connect with areas that may “feel off” and to address these problem areas through intuitive motion.
  3. Have fun: Exercise and physical activity shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you make it FUN, you are more likely to make it a part of your daily life. So, while gyms, parks and community centers are closing, find alternate ways to stay active while having fun. For example, play like your kids play. In fact, play WITH your kids. You’ll probably end up getting an even better workout than if you were at the gym lifting weights or running in a straight line on a treadmill. Better yet, you’ll probably end up looking forward to doing it again.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!

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5 Tips to Stay Active

Time to dust off your running shoes; Spring is almost here and with it the possible realization that Winter has left you out of shape. We never fail to see an influx of runners in pain every Spring for this exact reason. The most common complaint we get is… KNEE PAIN! So, rather than wait for it (or any running injury) to happen to you again this year, here are some tips to keep you moving:

  1. Warm-up first: 5 minutes of light aerobic warm-ups will get your muscles loosened up and help to avoid muscle cramps and strains.
  2. Stretch BEFORE running: The common belief is that you should stretch after running, but much evidence exists to indicate that optimal benefit to your overall flexibility occurs by stretching after a warm-up but before starting your run.
  3. Static stretching is good, DYNAMIC stretching is better: Once your muscles are warmed-up, going through a basic routine of dynamic stretches will give you the greatest benefit to not only improving your range of motion but also helping you maintain that benefit far after your run is done. Dynamic stretching occurs when you move your joints from one end-point of motion to the opposite end-point with SLOW and CONTROLLED movement. For example, while standing and keeping your knees at the same level bend your right knee to bring your heel as close to your glutes as physically possible, then fully extend (straighten) your knee until your feet are together again. Repeat 15-20 times. You’ve now dynamically stretched most of your quadriceps and hamstrings muscles!
  4. Drink plenty of water: Whether you are a “sweater” or not, you will perspire while being physically active. Replenishing your water stores is absolutely necessary. At baseline, you should drink 1-2 liters of water a day. On days you run, you should be closer to twice that much or more! Don’t forget your electrolytes, but try to avoid beverages with added sugar.
  5. Get plenty of sleep: There is no better way to fall out of your new exercise routine than to not get enough restful sleep. Sleep is critical to your body’s recovery process, but only if it is deep, restful sleep. 7-9 hours a night is a must. Aim for the same bedtime every night. Avoid electronics and screen time for at least 1 hour before bed.

Whether you are a runner or not, following these recommendations will help you return to your favorite outdoor weather activities, and avoid injury. We only get a few months a year with great weather, so don’t waste that time laid up with an injury.

“Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!