If you’re a Minnesotan, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. While there are plenty of winter outdoor recreational activities, people generally spend less time outdoors in the winter, and unfortunately we tend to see an increase in lethargy. When sunny, warm summer days arrive, people come out of the woodwork and flock to the lake for some much needed vitamin D and physical activity.
No matter how physically active you are, water activities can be dangerous if you don’t exercise caution. Be sure to stretch before and after going kayaking, paddleboarding, water tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, or any activity where you’re being pulled behind a boat. Being thrown from a tube pulled behind a high-speed boat can result in serious physical injury. Even if you don’t fall, you’re using seldom-used muscles to pull yourself up or hang onto a tow rope while water skiing or wakeboarding. This can cause unexpected discomfort and soreness in the days following.
Remember to ease into any type of physical activity you haven’t tried for a while. If you do end up suffering from pain, discomfort or soreness following a day out on the water, get in touch with Rita at Living Touch Massage in Bemidji. Quality, intentional therapeutic massage is the perfect complement to any physical activity to keep you in your best shape all year.