The Memorial Day long weekend is coming up which means there will be lots of gatherings, celebrations, and festivals. With camping season officially starting, many people will be spending this long weekend setting up tents or campers in different parks throughout the country. If you are planning to go camping this weekend, here are some tips to help stay healthy while having fun.
Transporting Your Gear
Carrying your gear can be hard on the back and muscles. If the equipment is too heavy, get help, or carry lighter loads. Use backpacks and other transportation products that are ergonomically designed to maintain a healthy posture and balanced weight distribution while carrying your products to your site. Use proper body mechanics when lifting and carrying your stuff and do not carry items that are too heavy.
Pack healthy food for your weekend. While there are many fun junk food style meals and treats designed for camping trips, it’s essential that you load your cooler with plenty of healthy foods. Some essential foods that should be included are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grain products. Your body will function better when it’s fueled with the good stuff.
Water is essential to drink plenty of water each day – especially on hot days when you sweat more. Bring plenty of water to replenish the body during your holiday excursions.
To protect yourself from the sun, wear sunscreen, light clothing, and a hat when doing your various activities. Protect yourself from burns, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke while enjoying your time under the heat and the sun. By finding a healthy balance, you can enjoy all the wonders and joy of your camping trip without injury or illness.
Wear Proper Shoes
Wearing proper shoes is important, especially if you are planning hikes and other physical excursions. Improper footwear can add extra stress to the body if it’s not properly supported. It can also increase your chance of injury from trips and falls.
Know Your Surroundings
Knowing your surroundings is essential to stay healthy. There are different bugs, plants, and other animals that can pose risks while camping. By being familiar with the area, you can take preventative measures to reduce your risk of contact or exposure.
Camping is a fun activity and a great way to spend quality time with friends and family during the long weekend. If you are planning to tent it this Memorial long weekend, a little proactive planning can help ensure that you have an exciting, fun adventure, free of injury or illness. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we can help maintain optimal spinal health to help prevent the risk of injury while enjoying mother nature this weekend.