13 Tips for healthy and strong Return - The three weakest links in the body are the neck, knees and back. If any of these three parts are down, you know.
Your whole day is affected. With winter on its way and shoveling snow around the corner, you need to be very careful with your back.
Almost everything you do affects your back. Most people will have back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can be caused by excess weight, perform repetitive movements, sitting, standing, stress and improper lifting procedures. The back is very complicated and care now can go a long way toward preventing many forms of back problems in the future.
Here are some tips to keep your back healthy and strong:
1. Practice good posture. Slouching puts too much pressure on your back.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight stresses the back.
3. Eat healthy. We need calcium and vitamin D, among other nutrients to keep bones healthy.
4. Stop smoking. Studies suggest that smokers are more likely to have disk problems.
5. Strengthen the abs and back. Keeping your abdominal muscles strong and maintain good posture, you will create a "belt" around your natural body to give good support.
6. Keep the spine supple with yoga and gentle exercise. It has been said that the spine flexible is the secret of a young body.
7. Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and strong. Many back injuries occur when people who are not active play a vigorous game of soccer or softball on the weekend. Condition your body with regular exercise so that you can play sports without pain.
8. Reduce stress. People often strained tense back. Get enough sleep, exercise, be positive and practice deep breathing regularly.
9. Be comfortable. Avoid restrictive clothing shoes and high heels that can put stress on your back.
10. If you stand for long periods of time, lift one foot on a box to reduce the pressure on your back. Check your posture and try to keep the natural curve of the spine. Take frequent breaks if possible.
11. If you must sit for long periods of time, get up every 30 minutes, walk and do some stretching.
12. If you work on a computer, adjust your chair so that your wrists to elbows are parallel to the floor and the screen is at eye level.
13. Use your legs to lift. Bend your knees and stretch your legs while lifting. This puts less strain on the back.
Often we do appreciate a healthy back until we caught up with a bad one. Take a proactive approach to strong, healthy and free of pain.
By: Chrissy Macdonald