Staying Active With a Sore Back
By Donna Stark
Are you tired of not being as physically active as you used to be? Is your back starting to ache and hurt more and more with each passing day? If so, it may be time to make a change and start taking control of your spinal health! But how can you do that? What does it mean to prioritize the health of your spine, other than sitting up straight and tall while at work? Well, you may need to move more. You already know that exercise is vital for your overall health and wellness, now you know it's important for the health of your spine too! Here are several spine-friendly ways to add more movement to your days.
Cardio exercises like running and hiking are great if you want to improve your heart health and fitness, but walking may be better for you if back pain is in the picture. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can alleviate the pain by strengthening and restoring function to the supporting muscles in your back..
If you would like to maintain a healthy spine and improve the strength of your bones, strength training is for you! Lifting weights can help tone muscles, improve posture, and stabilize your spine. But before you head to the gym or turn your office into a workout room, make sure you learn the correct techniques. You certainly don't want to make your pain worse or sustain an injury.
In addition to building endurance, increasing strength, and improving cardiovascular fitness, swimming is also one of the best low-impact workouts you can choose. It's perfect for those who are struggling with pain because the resistance of the water acts like a cushion. If swimming is something you are interested in, try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of lap time into your fitness routine a couple of times a week.
Do you remember how much fun you had as a child when you would ride your bike? Well, the fun is still there if you choose! Cycling is another low-impact sport that will give your body an incredible workout. Plus, it's a great way to commute, explore local trails, and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Choosing to Stay Active
Even with a sore back, the day that you choose to stay as active as you can is the day you will get back on the path to optimal health and wellness! And with the spine-friendly activities listed above, doing so couldn't be any easier! So, get moving and start feeling like your old self again!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chino Hills, Calif.