Wellness Wednesday 3/29/2017
Wellness Wednesday. The last Wednesday of March already! This week i am going to make few points about safety. As the weather gets nicer (hahaha mother nature) we are all going to be more active. The new activity level will feel great and the sunshine will certainly help. Now if you have been hunkered down all winter take a few things into consideration before getting all crazy with the old exercise routine.
I am going to put this out there right now. I am guilty of probably all of these no-no’s. If your activity level has been 0 since the days when it got dark at like 5pm, then you need to start out slow. I would never suggest lacing up the running shoes and hitting the road for any amount of distance. Start out with a few days of walking. Try some hills, try stairs over the elevator, and try to increase the distance on each trip.
Make sure you do some light stretching before and after. This is always open for debate. Some would say never stretch before. Some preach that before is absolutely necessary. Some say only after you are significantly warmed up. I am just going by what I did for all my years in the Army.
If you are out running or biking early in the AM or around dusk, please be sure to wear brightly colored clothes and something reflective. Idiot drives are still out there. So give yourself a fighting chance to make it home in one piece.
If you are biking, wear a helmet. Our kids wear one, and the rules should be the same. As you get out on the road on a bike, make sure you are following the rules of the road. Nothing makes me madder than the biker wanne-be’s that make up their own rules. Don’t be one of those people. In car vs. bike, the car always wins.
When you start the winter clean up be sure to wear sunscreen and at try to remember to wear a hat.
And probably most important is going to be your hydration. Follow Nicole’s April challenge to get into the habit of drinking lots of water. If you are thirsty, it is too late. Welcome to dehydration land.
And last but certainly not least, the spring and summer bring out patio furniture barbecues and gatherings. I do care how old you are, or how much alcohol you think you can handle. If you drink, don’t drive. And the commercial is true, buzzed driving is still driving under the influence. With taxi’s, uber, and proper planning, there is no reason to ever get behind the wheel. Everyone has their go-to mental equation based on how much they weigh and how much they ate, blah, blah, blah. Just don’t do it.
So in summary:
Wear sparkly glowy things
Wear a helmet
Party on, but be smart about it