Physios are encouraging everyone to stay safe and injury-free this Australia Day.
Public holidays often see a rise in the number of injuries, as people tend to push their bodies differently.
It could come from rushing to get your daily exercise out the way, partying in high heels and twisting your ankle, driving long distances to see family or friends and hurting your lower back, or lying poorly on the sofa spending the entire day watching TV.
So, physios are encouraging people to focus a little more on their physical health.
Firstly, avoid sitting for long periods of time. Whether this be on the sofa or sitting in the car, try not to sit in the same spot for more than 30 minutes without a short break. Regular changes in posture are key to preventing injuries.
Secondly, find the time to get active. It doesn’t have to be a chore or get in the way of your holiday. Go for a short bike ride, or plan a walk. You can make it something the family does together!
If you do take a break from exercise over the next few days, make sure you get back in to it slowly and gradually build up. Too much strain when your muscles are not used to it will cause injuries.
If you do injure yourself, don’t ignore the pain! Book an appointment to see a physiotherapist to avoid the injury worsening or causing a secondary injury.
Another tip for the health-conscious, is to limit the alcohol. You may be celebrating, but you don’t have to reach for that extra glass of wine.
Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose in to the blood stream. It also contains a lot of calories and can make you more tempted to reach for those unhealthy snack foods!
Why not try this very simple stretch?
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.