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Stay Ready for Football Weekends

Sep 06, 2016

It’s fall in Happy Valley and that of course means PSU football. Hopefully you enjoyed the beautiful weather and the good start this past weekend. I personally really like the first game being on Labor Day weekend because we get that extra day to recover :)

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Have you ever thought about how much exercise you get during a football weekend? If you curl up on the couch to enjoy the games, then maybe not a lot. But for many there is actually an increase in activity. Let’s face it, being a local PSU football fan can be hard work! It can be taxing on your body, even for the most experienced fan’s. Cleaning your house to get ready for guests, shopping for food and drinks, packing/unpacking all your tailgate necessities, walking miles to the stadium with all of your gear, then cleaning up after everyone leaves. Throw in the hot/cold weather, eating different foods, maybe a few drinks and you have a long weekend. Blink your eyes and it’s Monday morning.

So whether you go all out for the games, or spend the weekend on the couch watching, below are a few tips and exercises to help you recover and stay in the game each week. Note, if you end up tweaking something, or having pain that just won’t go away, we offer a FREE INJURY SCREEN to help you determine what’s going on.

Keep moving:
A brisk walk is a great way to get some blood flowing to stiff muscles and joints. Do what’s comfortable for you. Even 10-15 minutes will burn a few calories and re-energize your spirits.

Light Stretches:
Try a couple of light stretches for common areas of stiffness, low back, neck, and legs. You should be able to comfortably hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times each.

  1. Knees to Chest Stretch: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor (or the other leg straight, whichever feels better on your lower back). Keep your lower back pressed to the floor.
  2. Seated Hamstring Stretch: While sitting at the edge of a chair, straighten one leg in front of the body with the heel on the floor. Then, sit up straight and try pushing the navel towards the thigh without leaning the trunk of the body forwards.
  3. Overhead Reach Shoulder Stretch: While sitting in your chair, reach your arms as high as you can over your head. Hold. *Breathe*

Drink lots of water:
Seems simple, but it’s easier said than done. Just note that fatigue and muscle stiffness are definitely symptoms of dehydration. Make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the weekend, I promise you’ll feel better.

Stay Healthy and Enjoy the Season!

Craig Turner

General Manager
Fit For Play Physical Therapy & Fitness Center

Tags: Football, Health
Category: General Info

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