Keeping your back strong and healthy is important for your physical and mental well-being. A healthy spine has the ability to support your entire body and allows you to move in a multitude of ways. Without a strong back, basic tasks and movements can become difficult or even too painful to perform. You begin to move less and lose even more strength and flexibility, creating a vicious cycle of inactivity and pain. Even simple activities such as bending, lifting, and walking can become limited, easily affecting your quality of life.
Once you discover the root of the problem, there are ways to prevent and try to correct the underlying issue. If a lack of physical activity is part of the problem, a simple solution is to…START MOVING MORE! Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause tightness in your hip flexors and hamstrings and weakness in those crucial core muscles, contributing to chronic low back pain. A combination of cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching should be done on a regular basis. Start slowly with low-impact activities like walking, biking or swimming. Be sure to include strength training a few days a week and do not forget to stretch everyday. Make it a priority to do some kind of physical activity each day to help reduce your risk of back injury and chronic pain.
Other steps you can do for your back care are using proper lifting techniques, regular massages, adequate hydration and sleep, and maintaining a healthy weight. Time and energy are required to keep your back healthy but even more effort is needed to recover from an injury or correct the imbalances caused by long periods of inactivity. Take action now to prevent back pain from sneaking up on you. Be sure to check out the variety of services that HealthFit offers to help keep your back functioning at its best.