Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all.
I hope that you are enjoying your Easter weekend as it is a time for relaxation, time with friends and family. Its also a opportunity to kick-off some of those DIY  projects. Below are some tips to keep you safe and healthy this Easter.
DIY projects
People in some parts of the UK are unlikely to be gardening, but there will be plenty of indoor projects to be getting on with. When using a ladder or steps, make sure you are always facing it and keeping you body in alignment rather than leaning or reaching. Move the ladder or step regularly to keep up with where you are. Any kind of ladder must be firmly and safely planted in position.
If you are painting a ceiling, think about your neck. Use a paint pad or roller with an extended handle and hold it at chest height. Keep your head as neutral as possible and keep facing forward so you don’t over exert your neck.  
If you are planning a trip to the local DIY store to buy heavy items such as cement or gravel, get help to load it into the car and shovel the contents of the large bags straight into smaller containers or wheelbarrow from the back of the car. If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
Travelling 
If you are flying, drink plenty of water and NOT alcohol during the flight as this will cause dehydration, which could aggravate muscle pain and also cause headaches to occur. When travelling you will be restricted in your seat for most of the journey, avoid stiffness by doing shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles and taps. If on a train or plane, try to stand up and move around every 20-40 minutes. Make stops on a car journey every hour and take the opportunity to get out and stretch and shake out your limbs and have a short walkt. Compensate for your prolonged time of inactivity during the journey by doing light exercise when you arrive.
Staying at home 
Try to avoid sitting for long periods; take a break at least every 40 minutes. Make the most of the leisure time and fit some exercise in, even a walk with friends and family. Try and play active games such as Wii.
Please visit our contact page for location details, opening hours and telephone number. The Health & Vitality Centre is based in Welwyn Garden City and our team look forward to meeting you there!