Now that it has finally warmed up outside, the chance to get out there and get active is here. Whether you are playing sports, running around with your kids, or enjoying a nice, relaxing day sitting in the sun, it is important to keep your health in mind. Preventing injuries it is not hard to do if you know some of the simple steps it takes to make sure your body is prepared for the activities ahead. Everyone knows how beneficial proper stretching, warm ups and cool downs are however, there is another thing you can do to help keep yourself injury free this summer. Getting frequent massages (at least thirty minutes once a week) can not only improve your overall health but it can also be an easy and fun way to help keep you from getting injured while you are out and about this summer.
Massage in relation to exercise and athletic participation can
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce muscle tension
- Improve soft tissue function
- Increase range of motion
- Help athletes monitor muscle tone
- Strengthen your immune system
- Help speed up recovery from injuries
- Decrease muscle stiffness after exercise
- Improve exercise performance
- Reduce inflammation
So make sure to schedule yourself a massage regularly to help keep your body in tip top shape so you can be as active as you want this summer. The fewer injuries you get, the more you will be able to enjoy this long awaited summer!
- Beth Laskowski, LMT