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Winter Activities in Minnesota to Keep You Enjoying the Outdoors All Year

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Winter activities in Minnesota are truly the only things that keep those of us life here sane.  This is the time of year that I get anxious wondering what I am going to do with five months of winter. Yikes, is it really 5 months?? It is. I find that I need to be outside and get a lot of light otherwise I end up very crabby.

Here is a brief list of activities you can do outdoors that are fun and will get you some fresh air.

1) Hiking–lots of trails are still open, especially if there isn’t a lot of snow yet. There are several areas near Plymouth that have great areas of open space and woods. French Park on Rockford Rd just east of 494, Orono has two areas that I like Wolfsfeld (trailhead is in the parking lot of the church on the north side of County Road 6 and Brown Rd). Wood-Rill is also beautiful. It is located behind Wayzata Country Club. Both are large enough to get lost in and are beautiful!

2) Cross Country Ski–Hopefully we will get snow this year. Gear West has a great group of people who meet every Wednesday night September-February to train for cross country ski season. Every level is represented from total beginners to Olympic hopefuls. It is a LOT of fun.

3) Snowshoeing-No special skill required, strap them on and walk. Equipment is also available at Gear West.

4) Frozen Lake Sunrise Walks-my personal favorite!

Really, when it comes down to it, there aren’t a lot of days each year that without good gear you can’t get out and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air in comfort. Your face might get cold, you may prefer June weather, but if you get yourself outside, you will be rewarded with less anxiety, more happiness, more energy and possibly the skills for a new winter hobby.

Healthy Backs for Golfers

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This article is going to cover tips for healthy backs for golfers.  As the leaves change color and the fall air turns crisp, we all know what’s coming around the corner. If you are truly committed to improving your golf game, it’s important to think now about improving on this season’s progress throughout the winter.

Coming in to fall, there are three things I would recommend as a chiropractor to consider this time of the year.

#1—What am I going to do in the off season when I can’t golf to maintain or improve my level of physical fitness? Perhaps you need to focus on losing 20lbs, improving your core strength or becoming more flexible. Think about the physical element that is holding you back the most and take action! Now is a great time to get registered for classes, fire up that gym membership you put on hold during the summer or hire a personal trainer. Everyone knows that if you are in good shape, your athletic performance will improve and you will be less apt to be injured while playing. Speaking of injuries…

#2—If your lower back or shoulders are begging for a break in play, this is your body’s way of telling you that you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Be proactive and deal with it before your body forces the issue. Don’t just wait to see if the issues improve on their own and above all else don’t relegate yourself to spending a beautiful fall and winter sitting on the couch unable to find physical activity that feels good. Pain is a warning sign that often doesn’t appear until your injury is stressed enough through healthy physical activity. Seeing a chiropractor who is well versed in athletic injuries as well as the specific needs of golfers is a great first step in pinpointing your needs and the proper treatment.

#3 Now is the time to think about improving your golf game during the winter. Golf lessons are a great way to work through any bad habits you may have developed throughout the season. These bad habits can add to your score and make you more susceptible to injuries-even for the most seasoned golfer. Many golf courses or lesson facilities offer lessons year round.

Plymouth, Chiropractor- Dr. Lori Goodsell has taken several post graduate courses in golf injuries and golf biomechanics and has spent many hours analyzing golf swings with the best golf pros in Minnesota. Dr. Lori Goodsell is one of the leading industry experts in returning you to your golf game quickly and safely. To reach Dr. Goodsell, call Active Family Chiropractic at 763-553-0387 or check out the website www.activefamilychiropractic.com

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