Taking the “Pain” Out of Spring Cleaning

imagesAs the temperature warms and the days grow longer, people are energized to clean their homes of winter must and dirt.  But spring-cleaning can be very hard on muscles and the skeletal structure!  In fact, the National Safety Council says an injury occurs every four seconds in the home.  Many of these injuries could be avoided by following a simple rule – never twist, rotate or overextend your back, neck and shoulders.  Keep yourself injury-free and pain-free while doing spring cleaning, consider these tips:

Vacuuming:  The twisting and turning movements most people use when vacuuming put increased compression on the spine and neck.  To avoid problems, vacuum with the machine or hose close to the front center part of your body and at waist height.  Using both hands on the handle, push the vacuum in front of you while walking in a long line and then pull back using the same motion.  Never push and pull the handle back and forth with short strokes.

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COLD WEATHER EXERCISING

RUNNING

It is cold, sometimes wet and the daylight hours are filled with work and family activities…but there is no need for your outdoor fitness routine to go into hibernation!  Staying active can help beat the winter doldrums, keep you in shape and ready for spring.  Here are some guidelines for staying safe while exercising in the cold…

Find a buddy
Recruit a friend to exercise with you. Knowing that someone is waiting for you will help motivate you! Not to mention safety.