It’s not uncommon for a contractor to complain of aches and pains. In fact, contractors probably suffer from aches and pains more than any other profession due to the nature of their work. It’s no secret that lifting heavy tools, pushing your body into strange angles, bending, twisting, pushing, pulling etc. can all cause physical pain and leave you feeling completely useless at the end of the night.
Whether you’re a painting contractor, a plumber, roofing contractor, flooring expert or anything else, you’ve probably suffered from back problems and sore muscles. So without further ado, here’s a few tips that you can implement immediately to help you feel younger, stronger and more alive at the end of your work days.
Start Stretching in the Mornings
It might sound silly and you may even feel like you’ll never get around to it, but this is very important. Going to work straight away in the morning while your muscles are tight could result in some harsh damage. You could pull a muscle very easily under these conditions. Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but by stretching you can significantly decrease your chance of injury.
If you’re a contractor specializing in roof repair, you should especially consider stretching your legs and your back. Roofing contractors are renowned for back injuries. All the bending over and lifting can really create a lot of damage over time.
If you’re a painting contractor it would be a good idea to do some shoulder stretches as well as upper and lower back stretches. You use your arms a lot to reach high places. This can cause a lot of stress on your shoulders and over time result in chronic aches and pains.
Make Sure to Diet Right
This is an obvious one, yet it’s one of the most neglected health tips in the contractor industry. Most contractors eat fast food because it’s very easy and convenient, yet fast food is one of the worst things you could put in your body. Your body needs food as a source of fuel to keep the body going. When you put the wrong kind of fuel in your body, your body doesn’t respond well. It gets sick easily and it hurts and it doesn’t recover from injury as well.
Let’s think about this for a minute. You can buy a burger, fries and a coke at McDonald’s and it’ll be extremely cheap and extremely fast. Your fries and coke have no nutritional value, and insects won’t even eat those fries. Eating cardboard would give you about the same amount of nutrition. The burgers are only made partially with beef (who knows what else they are made of). So when you really take a look at this, you’re buying convenient and fast flavor. Your body will reject it, and this can be observed by the way that your body aches and has difficulty recovering from the day. You may also feel somewhat lethargic after eating these types of food. That’s because your body wants to shut down and recover from eating that food.
The proper response to eating food is supposed to be energy. If you feel tired after eating a meal, then there’s something wrong with what you’re eating (some part of your body is rejecting that food).
Not only is a proper diet important, but it’s also very important that you supplement your diet with vitamins. An amazing supplement for treating sore muscles is CalMag (which is a combination of calcium and magnesium). You can sometimes find this at places like Whole Foods.
Whether you’re installing tile, painting ceilings, repairing shingles, or laying pipe, you’ve probably dealt with aches and pains. See a chiropractor every once in a while, diet right and make sure to stretch every once in a while! You’ll feel much better at the end of every day by doing these things.