Stay Healthy This Fall

Fall is here and with it comes cooler weather and rain. Cooler temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict leading to joint stiffness and muscle tightness.
Wearing an extra layer of clothing, like a sweater or coat, will help prevent muscle tightening and joint stiffness by keeping muscles warm and blood vessels dilated (open) to supply oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and joints.
Warming up by layering and taking a few minutes to do some gentle stretching before physical activities, like exercise, gardening and housework, will help prevent muscle strains and joint injuries.
Rain can lead to slippery surfaces and an increased risk of slips and falls. Wear shoes with soles that have good traction and are not worn smooth. Be careful on surfaces like tile or hardwood floors which tend to be slippery when wet. Wipe shoes dry on a door mat, if possible, before stepping inside onto these surfaces.
Slippery roads also lead to an increase in auto accidents. Always wear seatbelts and adjust head rest in your car to a height middle of head or higher to protect against a “whiplash” injury in the event of a rear end collision.
Turn on your headlights when it is raining to see better and to be seen better by other drivers. This is also a California Law. Check wiper blades and replace if necessary to improve visibility when driving in the rain.
Decrease speed and allow more distance between your car and the car you are behind. The braking distance required to stop depends on driving speed and the traction of the surface you are driving on. Remember posted maximum speed limits are for ideal driving conditions so slow down in less than ideal conditions to allow more time to react to traffic around you.

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