3 Easy Steps to Preventing Back Pain
Right off the bat - be physically active!. Our bodies are meant to move. Exercising can be your best defense against back pain. The old adage of "use it or lose it" couldn't be more true here. Exercise preformed regularly, with a warm up of stretching body parts will not only keep back pain at bay, but is the number one contributor to a healthful physical constitution! By exercising you will fend off a whole host of potential health issues.
It's a statistical fact that back pain is more common among people who aren't in good physical shape compared to those who are. Being inactive can also mean longer recovery times as well. Next, in conjunction with a regular (if not daily!) exercise program tailored to your ability and activity interests, a good diet can be key to preventing back pain.
A nutritious diet that is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as lean protein and low fat dairy; all in moderation will result in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight and percentage of body fat.
Conversely, carrying around just a few extra pounds (especially around the middle; called truckal obesity) means that your body has to work harder just to get you through the routine activities of an average day. Being overweight can cause changes to posture by shifting the body's center of gravity forward. This, in turn places strain on the back to compensate for the shift. It can make you prone to potential back injury as well as many other health problems.
Learn to do physical activities the proper way. When lifting, it's straight up and down. Lift with you legs, not your back. Keep your back straight, squat down and stand directly up with the object being lifted close to your body. If you're going to be doing lots of walking, then wearing flat, comfortable shoes with a proper arch support is a great choice. Those high heels may look fashionable, but not only are they more likely to make your feet hurt, but they will throw off your center of balance and leave you open to injury.
SO to recap the three steps: first, be active! Get out there and exercise regularly and stretch those body parts. You may even find that it's fun to exercise and clears out the "cobwebs"! Second, eat right and lose those few extra pounds and "love handles" you'll feel better, have more energy and look better too! Lastly, lift walk and perform all physical activities with attention to being good to your body. Following these 3 simple steps may not guaranty that you'll never have back pain again, but they will go a long way to insuring that you are less likely be out of sorts with a back issue. Remember - tree easy steps to less pain and a better quality of life.
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