My number one rule for avoiding injury during summer months is simple: slow and steady wins the race. While it is normal to want to dive right into physical activity, if you’ve taken the winter months off from exercise you need to ease back into it. Many of the injuries I see result from patients doing too much, too soon. Take gradual steps toward getting back to your previous workout level.
When the weather turns warm, traffic also tends to increase across the city. Every year, there is a significant increase in accidents involving cyclists, runners and pedestrians during the summer months. The crowded lakefront can be particularly hazardous with bikers, walkers and runners all competing for the same space. My simplest advice is to stay alert. If the lakeside path is looking a bit overcrowded, taking in the scenery of the nearest park, bike path, or running trail may be the best alternative for safely enjoying the outdoors.
To learn more about how to prevent summer injuries, read this press release featuring Dr. Edwards.