Managing Your Back Health as You Age
Simple activities or actions you’ve taken your entire life can become more challenging as you get older. Picking something up off the ground or even getting out of bed can create discomfort if your spine health isn’t where it needs to be. These may seem a bit extreme, but the reality is people deal with this type of discomfort every day. Managing your spine health increases in importance as you get older. Unfortunately as we age we become less active and this leads to degeneration of structures in the spine. Whether you live in constant pain right now or if you practice active spine care techniques to prevent this pain from happening, here are some simple tips to help you live healthy and pain-free.
Use Proper Posture And Mechanics
No matter what the nature of your job is, practicing good posture on a daily basis is extremely important. If you have to sit for prolonged periods of time, be sure to set up your desk and chair in a way where your feet are flat on the floor, the computer monitor is at a comfortable height and you have a comfortable chair that allows you to sit upright with your shoulders back. Simply maintaining good posture and mechanics will go a long way in protecting your back as you get older.
Keep a Strong Core
The key to good spine health is to engage in activities where the spine is moving. Even if it’s just walking around the block daily or doing simple chores around the house that don’t compromise your spine, the movement will go a long way to keeping good spine health.
Manage Your Body Weight
The more you weigh, the better the chances are of you developing back pain. The extra weight puts more strain on the spine, so practice healthy eating habits and exercise routines to help manage your body weight. Always check with a medical professional to determine whether your diet and exercise routine is suitable to help you reach your goals, and then take positive steps every day to keep your weight under control.
Being active as much as possible will keep your muscles strong and your spine healthy. Simply doing lower back exercises for a few minutes every day will go a long way in maintaining a healthy back, so be sure to incorporate them into your daily routine. Activity will keep the blood flowing to ensure the body, mind and heart all stay healthy as you get older.
At DBC Active Spine Care®, we have helped tens of thousands of people worldwide alleviate their back pain in both the short-term and long-term. Most people will experience back pain as they get older, but it doesn’t mean you have to constantly live in pain. Taking small steps daily will help you live a comfortable life no matter how old you get. Be sure to contact us for more tips on how you can maintain a healthy spine throughout your life.