This cold weather toolbox talk will help you understand the impact the cold can have on your muscles. When the weather is cold, it seems to bring out all our aches and pains. Why does this happen? Well, the cold weather actually deceases blood flow to our muscles. This means they instantly tighten up when we are exposed to low temperatures. A tight, cold muscle shortens its length, and this reduces our range of motion. As a result, all those “normal” tasks that we conduct each day, such as walking up the stairs or reaching overhead, are much more difficult in the colder weather. A strained or “pulled” muscle occurs when a shortened muscle is lengthened beyond its comfort zone. During the cold weather, even the simplest tasks like picking up a bag on the ground, or tying our shoes can result in a pulled muscle. Please keep this in mind, and practice caution while working outdoors.
This cold weather toolbox talk will help you understand the impact the cold can have on your muscles. When the weather is cold, it seems to bring out all our aches and pains. Why does this happen? Well, the cold weather actually deceases blood flow to our muscles. This means they instantly tighten up when we are exposed to low temperatures. A tight, cold muscle shortens its length, and this reduces our range of motion. As a result, all those “normal” tasks that we conduct each day, such as walking up the stairs or reaching overhead, are much more difficult in the colder weather. A strained or “pulled” muscle occurs when a shortened muscle is lengthened beyond its comfort zone. During the cold weather, even the simplest tasks like picking up a bag on the ground, or tying our shoes can result in a pulled muscle. Please keep this in mind, and practice caution while working outdoors.
This cold weather toolbox talk will help you understand the impact the cold can have on your muscles. When the weather is cold, it seems to bring out all our aches and pains. Why does this happen? Well, the cold weather actually deceases blood flow to our muscles. This means they instantly tighten up when […]