Did you know that 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives? Both women and men are prone to posture and back problems. Whether you’re in the midst of fighting the ache or just want to prevent it, here are some quick-and-easy ways to keep your back healthy and strong!
Keep Moving: An exercise routine that combines stretching, strengthening, and aerobic activity will keep your body and mind healthy!
Eat Your Veggies: Proper nutrition is key to a healthy and active lifestyle! Try to choose whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Say no to Smoking: It is no secret that smoking has negative effects on your overall health, but did you know that smokers experience more spine pain and heal more slowly than nonsmokers?
Catch some ZZZ’s: Getting proper rest is vital to your overall health. Choose a mattress and pillow that are comfortable and keep your head and spine aligned during your beauty rest.
Stand up Straight: By practicing good posture you are promoting a strong and healthy spine! When you slouch or stoop, your muscles and ligaments strain to keep you balanced – which can lead to back pain.
Bottoms Up: Drinking more water throughout your day is a simple preventative step to protect against developing back pain and can even help reduce existing back pain.
Lighten Your Load: If your backpack or purse tips the scales at more than 10% of your weight, it’s too heavy! When choosing a bag try to find one with a long strap that is positioned across your chest, like a messenger bag!
Strengthen That Core: Having strong abdominal muscles can help protect your back from injury.