With half of Australians not being physically active and back problems reported as number one globally, Australians of all ages are putting their spinal health and wellbeing at risk.
To combat this epidemic, people of all ages are encouraged to keep their spines active. This initiative aims to highlight the importance of physical activity, movement and exercise for maintaining spinal health.
It’s a great time to get out and encourage a healthy spine by forming great habits that can be implemented every day.
Here are five ways to get a healthy spine:
1. Running – Although cardio activities like running are important for heart health and fitness, they can also help improve your spinal health. Activities like running and fast walking may help strengthen your spine.
2. Weightlifting – Lifting weights is great for anyone trying to maintain a healthy spine and lifestyle. Weightlifting can tone your muscles and boost metabolism, as well as help improve posture and stabilise your spine. Ensure you learn the correct techniques by seeking the help of a professional.
3. Swimming – Not only does swimming help build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness but is also a low impact sport. If you are keen to give swimming a go, commit to three times a week for 30 minutes per workout.
4. Cycling – As another low impact sport, cycling can help improve posture and flexibility and is an aerobic activity, meaning your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. Plus it’s a great way to commute, enjoying the great outdoors and exploring new trails and paths.
5. Tennis – Tennis is a great sport for people of all ages and abilities. This activity has great benefits for your health by simply moving and increasing your heart rate.
I am a chiropractor in Brisbane, and can provide advice and assistance on implementing healthy spine habits into your daily routine. I can help you start on a more active lifestyle today.