When we say “let’s get physical” we aren’t referencing Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 hit. We’re referencing your commitment to fitness. Not everyone enjoys hitting the gym for an intensive workout or taking a walk around the neighborhood for low-impact exercise. And yet, regular exercise improves not only your overall health and well-being but your spine’s health.
A Weak Core Can Cause Back Pain
Your back and abdominal muscles are both part of your “core” which is essential for stability, mobility, and flexibility. When your core is weak, it can produce pain that extends beyond just your lower back up into your shoulders and neck, and down into your hips and legs. Strengthening these muscles can go a long way to both improve posture and relieve pressure off your back. A strong core reduces your risk of muscle strains and soreness.
So, Let’s Get Physical…Physically Active!
For the individual who’d rather NOT take a weekly fitness class to strengthen their muscles, here are some fun autumn activities that will get you active without you even realizing it:
- Go apple picking
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Explore a corn maze
- Take a scenic hike along a nature trail
- Go kayaking or canoeing (before the temperatures drop)
- Ride a bike and admire the changing leaves
- Play a game of tag football with your friends
- Bring your children to a playground…and play with them!
- Swim indoors
- Spread out your Fall chores like raking, mowing the lawn, winterizing your garden, and clearing the gutters
Prevent Autumn Back Pain
Even light activities like walking, hiking, or raking leaves requires you to pay attention and listen to your body. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, usually as the result of injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints. Freshen up on these tips for reducing autumn back pain and then get outdoors and soak up that sunshine!
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No one wants to be sidelined from their favorite fall activities because of back or neck pain. If your pain becomes chronic or debilitating, we invite you to call our office to schedule a consultation. At William Capicotto, we restore motion to your spine so you can move on with your life.