As much as we all try to stick to our workout routines, the cold weather and shorter days during winter often lead to less working out and more Netflixing. Then suddenly, the days start getting longer, the temperature begins to rise, and if you’ve been hibernating all winter, it’s time to get outside, stretch your legs and start to exercise again. Physiotherapist Pamela Mitchell tells us where and how we should start.
As the weather warms up and spring approaches, our winter habits change. Suddenly, we find a desire to get back into nature, see plants blossom with a release of new energy, and find the inspiration to move more. However, as ideas and goals for the year come together, it’s sometimes hard to make the transition from our winter hibernation onto the path that leads to spring and summer. To embrace this, you need to bring your body up to speed with your spring motivation.
Having practised physiotherapy in the county for over 12 years, I’ve seen a pattern of injuries rolling in, particularly at this time of year. These injuries could easily be avoided by partaking in the gentle flow and conditioning of both Pilates and yoga. At Kind Kinetics, the classes focus on typical seasonal injuries, giving a fun and preventative approach to exercise while embracing spring.
Commonplace injuries are backs, shoulders and feet. If you’re already living with an injury, you can get back on the path to summer fitness with physiotherapy, exercise rehabilitation and sports massage. Here are some hints and tips for injury prevention. It’s important to focus on these areas if you plan to increase your activity and exercise. Whether this is; gardening, going for walks on the beach or taking up a new hobby such as running.
Kindness for your back
Gentle mobility exercises such as reaching towards your toes and up again, rotating your shoulders side to side and remembering to get up from your chair regularly will help provide consistent movement for your back.
Kindness for your shoulders
Circle your arms from your sides, up and over your head while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Try this both forwards and backwards. Increasing your shoulder movement and allowing a lift and stretch for your upper back.
Kindness for your feet
Take a tennis ball or rolling pin and roll under your feet, particularly focussing on the arch. Also, start to spend more time barefoot in the house to help the transition from sturdy winter boots to less supportive shoes.
If at any time any of these exercise are painful, get in touch with Pamela. For more information: kindkinetics.co.uk