For most people, summer is the time for a boost in physical activity, and that means extra strain on your back. From sitting on the hard seats of a sports stadium to standing in long lines at amusement parks to long-distance travel and more, your back and spine can be under constant strain, affecting how you feel and threatening to put a damper on your enjoyment of the season.

The good news is that even though your schedule and activities may change during the warm summer months, there are some pretty simple things you can do to avoid stress and strain on your back.

  • Decrease the bone-jarring effects of roller coasters and other amusement park rides by doing a few stretching exercises like neck rolls while you’re in line.
  • Drink lots of fluids to keep the discs between your vertebrae well hydrated so they can provide an ample cushion for jolts and bumps that can accompany strenuous activities.
  • Carry an inflatable cushion designed to support your lower back when sitting in stadium seats or during long rides.
  • Stretch often when driving or flying long distances to improve circulation and keep muscles from cramping or becoming stiff.
  • Be sure your back and neck are amply supported when sleeping in a different bed – and especially when camping on a hard surface or sleeping mat.
  • Use summer as an opportunity to strengthen your back by swimming and biking as often as you can.

Above all, don’t avoid the extra opportunities for exercise summer can provide. With a few precautions like stretching and adequate support, you can enjoy all the summertime fun you want without risking a sore back or neck.

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