When the weather outside is cold and damp, it can be both tough and dangerous trying to get in your daily workout. But that movement is critical if you’re undergoing physical therapy for an injury or condition.
Instead of letting cold weather sideline your recovery, follow these simple tips to help you stay safe and get moving.
- Invest in good shoes. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but lacing up good, safe, supportive sneakers is one of the most effective ways to prevent slips and falls. Opt for ones that fit properly, provide good arch and heel support, and that have the kind of traction that helps prevent injury on slick sidewalks, driveways and roads.
- Stay hydrated. Because you don’t sweat as obviously in winter as you do during the summer months, it’s a little tougher to remember to stay hydrated. But dehydration knows no season. It also contributes to pain and injury, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel hot or thirsty.
- Accessorize. Wearing a hat and gloves in addition to layered, breathable workout clothes helps your body retain heat, prevents hypothermia and lessens the risk of injury because it keeps muscles and joints warm.
- Know your limits. For some people, cold weather exacerbates pain and can make injuries worse. Before you do any type of exercise, consult with your physician and physical therapist. And if you ever experience pain while working out, listen to your body, and stop and rest.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340