It's been an exciting winter so far, here in Michigan...19 degree days followed by 61 degree days. It not only wreaks havoc on our daily wardrobe choices, but also on our activity levels. Monday has us snuggled up with a cup of cocoa, reading a nice book and Tuesday has us outside on a ladder cleaning out gutters. It's easy in all our enthusiasm to overdo things, potentially getting ourselves a bit exhausted.
We all get that "Spring cleaning" bug and it's easy when the day is so sunny and warm to want to do it all at once, but we must remember that our bodies aren't used to that. It's very easy to develop injuries from overexertion while doing common activities like lifting, and pushing and pulling. These kinds of injuries, along with accidental slips, trips and falls can result in sprains, strains, hernias and lower back pain. Repetitive movements, spending long time periods reaching overhead, or bending at the waist can cause a variety of painful issues in the body.