Last month I wrote a blog on the Evolution of Christmas Shopping and suggested some tips on how to survive the seasonal splurge. If you do have a long day pounding the pavements or the shopping centres planned, hopefully you will wear some comfortable shoes, but if you spend longer out shopping than you are used to, you may well have achy backs, arms, legs and feet. Whilst it is tempting to sit down and relax, it is worthwhile stretching out so that you are more comfortable.
Exercises for achy backs
We all tend to start to lean forward as we walk for long periods, & carrying large heavy bags tends to exacerbate this. Try to reverse this by extending your back
Exercises for achy arms
Carrying heavy bags we tend to roll our shoulders forwards, and stretch our arms far more than they are normally used to. By rolling our shoulders backwards we can open out the front of our chest and relieve the tension through the shoulders and arms.
Bend your elbow 90 degrees, and rest your forearm against a door frame or wall, with your fingers pointing towards the ceiling. As you lean forwards you will feel a stretch across your upper arm, front shoulder and slightly into your chest. This exercise stretches the pectoral muscle which tighten up when your shoulders are rolled forward.
Wrist Flexion Stretch
Exercises for tired feet & calves
Your feet are throbbing, your calves have tightened up, and you are not sure you want to get out of the car or off the bus to walk into the house. Definitely time for a little bit of one of my favourite first aid tools. The spikey massage ball.
Spikey Ball Plantar Fascia Massage Standing
Spikey Ball Standing Calf Stretch