4 Tips for a Healthy Spine

How do you know if your spine is healthy? I’m sure most people would say that if you don’t feel pain, then you have a healthy spine, but that’s not always the case.

Usually by the time you’re feeling pain, your spine has been losing “health” for an extended period of time and the pain you feel is the spine telling you it’s had enough!

One of the foundation principles of the Pilates method of exercise is being pro active about your health and not waiting for something to go wrong before you give your health some attention.

This also applies to the health of your spine.

There are some simple actions you can take to ensure your spine stays strong and flexible, pain free and to at the very least, slow down the degenerative ageing process, so you maintain movement function and capability for the duration of your life.

1. DAILY STRETCHING

This is such a simple action that costs no money to do, takes very little time and has a massive impact on your overall health and well-being…not just your spine. Spend 10 minutes at the start of the day and 10 minutes at the end of the day to release tension and stress, get your joints moving and decompress your spine. A little every day goes a long way!!

2. STRENGTH

Being strong is a natural, normal state for the body to be in. Unfortunately, we have become conditioned to think that NOT being strong is the norm and being strong requires some superhuman effort that “fitness fanatics” do. Not True!! You gain strength through the compounding affect, a little effort over a long period of time gives you strength for life, not just for a 12 week or even 12 month period of time. So find a strength training program you can do for life. This is why we teach our clients the pilates mat program. You can do it anywhere, anytime, no equipment needed.

3. HEALTHY WEIGHT

We know excess body fat is detrimental to health, and it’s also not good for your spine. It restricts your ability to develop and use your core effectively with the extra weight putting a strain on the spine, compressing the intervertebral discs. Having a healthy diet has so many benefits, including giving your spine the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Eat for health

4. SITTING

How long do you sit for each day? Take the challenge of recording your sitting time for one day, it might be quite a shock. Sitting compresses the spine and hips and tightens muscles. If you have to sit for your work, don’t sit for longer than one hour before getting up for a three minute stretch and walk.

These might seem obvious and overly simplistic, but remember the compounding affect and a little every day goes a long way to ensuring a healthy spine for a lifetime.

 




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