Flowers are blooming, the weather is warmer and many of us are becoming more active now that the days are longer. From weeding flower beds and cleaning out gutters to more recreational fun thanks to longer and warmer days, all of us are we are spending more time outdoors.

Are you ready to be active without the pain? Here are some tips to help you steer clear of injures this spring:

weedingSlow & Steady
There’s no need to ride 30 miles on your first bike ride of the season, no matter how beautiful the day may be. You may set yourself up for injuries, especially if your winter activity levels were less than stellar. Give yourself time to build up endurance, strength and flexibility before embarking on epic adventures.

Work Smarter, Not Harder
Cleaning out gutters, aerating lawns and planting flowers are all rites of Spring for many home owners, but this doesn’t mean you have to pay the price of a sore back. Look for tools that help you get the job done safely and without as much exertion. Be sure to ask for help with moving heavy loads and enlist a spotter when climbing trees and ladders! Pay attention to your posture, lift properly, wear good shoes and don’t forget the sun block.

Look After Yourself
Enjoy Spring to its fullest and all that the season has to offer, but make sure to take care of yourself as well. Injuries often happen if you are inflexible or have a week core. When you are more in control of your body, you will feel better and reduce your chances of injury. Work stretching into your daily routine, through yoga, Pilates or other methods. After a long day in the yard or after a hike – use inversion to help you decompress, build up your core strength and stay flexible for the days ahead.