Summer is the time for vacations and lazy days, but now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back to work. Gone are the lazy days of sleeping in and taking the afternoon off for a last minute cool down at the beach. You will likely be spending increasingly more time inside, and at your desk. If you work from home, this is especially challenging, as you do not have a preset schedule to help you remember to take breaks and look up from your computer once in a while. While there are no distractions, which is advantageous, it is also very easy to lose track of time and forget that your body will be paying the price later. In many areas of the country, the cooler temperatures discourage outside activity, and the shorter days make it harder to fit it all in, not to mention the increase in precipitation which can make leaving the house impossible, at times.
Descaid is a great tool for these times, because it can be set to remind you to take the breaks you need, even if it means just to look up from your screen. You have several time increments to choose from, and you can customize it to fit your needs in other ways, as well. In addition, you may want to ask your chiropractor for suggestions on how to make the seasonal transition easier for your back and neck. Here are a few tips from our resident chiropractor, Dr. Blair, creator of Descaid.
1) Avoid twisting and bending over at your back when raking leaves. Instead, use your legs to support all your movements. Think: STANCE!
2) Find ways to continue to be active and move, even with the weather changes. Go for a walk during lunch, try a new exercise class or a yoga routine. Keep moving!
3) Keep drinking plenty of water. Your body is made up of 80% water, and even the slightest change in this ratio can create health problems.