Wishing you a Healthy Happy Thanksgiving. Remember these easy steps to reduce the aches and pains that usually go along with hosting your friends and family.
- Take rest breaks as needed i.e. sit when you can to chop, slice and mix. Or take a walking rest break while waiting for water to boil, stove to heat up etc.
- Take a few minutes each hour or two to do the exercises prescribed by your physical therapist to keep your muscle and joints relaxed, it’s worth the time it takes away from cooking.
- Remember to use good back mechanics when bending to lift that heavy turkey. Use your legs and keep your pelvic floor and abdominals tight. If you have used a back brace in the past for spine relief, don’t hesitate to use it for your cooking and cleaning activities.
- Limit horizontal reaching, especially when lifting. Use short lever mechanics by getting as close to the object to be lifted.
- Keep it electric. To avoid shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck issues, use electric mixers, food processors and carvers.
- Use laptop stands as a cookbook holder to reduce stress on the neck and back when standing over those recipes.
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes if you will be standing for long periods in the kitchen (but take sitting breaks as need).
- Travel with pillows or towels for lower back support in the car and on planes.
- Sit up straight in your chair during the meal despite the fatigue from the day. Also, use pillows for support as above.
- Use medications as prescribed by your physician.
- Practice relaxation exercises for political discussions.
Most importantly, take pressure of the lower abdominals by unbuttoning that top button after dinner!
-the SSRC staff