Top 7 tips to keep you injury-free this Christmas
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard…. ‘It all started last Christmas’…. This isn’t a story about love or friendship, as a physiotherapist it is always a story of when all the problems started. So here are my tips for 2018 to be injury-free.
Over the festive period we do a lot of the following:
• Eat (no current evidence that this is linked to injury)
• Drink (well I don’t even need to discuss the dangers of mixing drink with family games)
• SIT… ah yes this is the one that I tend to hear a lot about. We may just be sitting around the house for a week, enjoying the fact that there is nowhere to go but beware of the sofa. Sofa sitting tends to put you in a slumped position and this can be problematic if you are a sufferer of low back pain.
• We often drive long distances to visit our families and this can also add to the prolonged sitting.
• If we are travelling to visit relatives we may have to bunk up on a sofa bed.
• Christmas parties and school related events, now these in themselves are not often the cause of injury (only mental strain) but due to very busy schedules and nights out we can often go a whole month or more missing our Pilates or Zumba classes.
• Finally, we can have those folks who have bravely signed up to the London Marathon. I’ve often wondered on the timings of this auspicious event as most of the training is in the dark miserable wintery months (memories come flooding back!) and over the coming months this is the time when first time marathon runners start they’re training.
Whichever one you are if you have an ongoing/ or recurring problem make sure you don’t forget about it this Christmas.
Top 7 tips to keep you injury free this Christmas
1) Make sure you make time to get out for walks, move regularly and don’t cram many hours of driving without breaks.
2) Check your sleeping arrangements so that you know whether you may need to take your pillow or discuss options for your back pain.
3) If you have rehab exercises, make sure you manage to do something.
4) Try not to take more than 1 week off exercise over the month of December.
5) Add in some family games that get you moving or suggest a walk.
6) Use this time to start planning what you want to do for 2018 and make exercise a big part of your plans.
7) Finally, if you are starting your training for the London Marathon, please start slowly and make sure you don’t forget about strengthening and stretching!
Here’s to an injury-free Christmas. Get in touch!