Well, it’s here: Memorial Day weekend. Here’s to hoping you can get outdoors and enjoy a good time with family and friends.
A few weeks ago, we talked about some practical ways to eat healthy this weekend, so this time around, we’ll look at how you can feel your best to get the most out of the first long weekend of the year.
Memorial Day is a great time to get outdoors and be active. You can toss horseshoes, bean bags, rings, walk, toss the ball around, go for a bike ride, or just play with your children and grandchildren.
But as fun as all that sounds, if you haven’t been active for a while, you run the risk of an injury. Some simple warm-ups can help you get ready and reduce the chance of injury.
No matter which activity you decide, warm up with a brisk walk. That can get the blood moving and provide some lubrication for your joints. If you’re using specific joints, like your shoulders or elbows, to toss a ball, start by making small circles that slowly get bigger.
Stretching your arms above your head and pulling your elbows across your chest can help loosen up the joint.
Start slow. Spend some time to take some practice tosses from close range and slowly move backward, allowing your body some leeway to adjust to the motion.
Play within your limits, as well. If you’re feeling tired, take a rest for a moment to go sit down and chat with somebody. Remember to stay hydrated and to snack on nutritious foods throughout the day.
When the activities are over, do another set of stretches and be prepared for the potential of a little bit of muscle pain the next day. Don’t worry about it – it will subside in a couple of days.
Make a pact that this Memorial Day is the first day with a new, more active lifestyle. Use the fun you had to keep it going!