Any chiropractor will be happy to tell you a healthy spine is one that’s being used frequently, but never overworked or strained. It may seem a bit difficult to find the balance between these two, but all it takes is adding some healthy habits into your daily routine, while letting go of any negative ones, in order to vastly improve the health of your back and spinal column.
Getting regular chiropractic care, in addition to moderate amounts of healthy exercise on a daily basis, can go far in maintaining the health of your spine, as well as your entire body.
Exercise Every Day
If you have the time and resources to get yourself a gym membership, definitely do so! If you’re paying to use a gym, you’ll be much less likely to skip out on a workout for an excuse such as being too tired or too cold to get out of bed.
However, if you are unable to commit to a gym membership, you can still keep your body active and healthy. At the very least, you can take a walk every day in the morning before work, during your lunch break, or in the evening after eating dinner. Jogging and running are also great ways to keep your muscles and joints loose and active without driving to the gym to run on a treadmill and use the elliptical machine.
It’s best to think of the body, and in particular the spinal column, as if it’s a door. When a door is used regularly, its joints and hinges tend to move with ease and experience very few problems. However, a door that remains shut or unmoved for a long period of time tends to get rigid and stuck, which makes it more difficult to open or close when it is needed. In this same way, using the body often is crucial for keeping it healthy and strong.
Of course, you don’t want to overdo anything and risk straining the muscles in your back. The body craves movement, but be sure that you’re staying safe at all times. If at any point you’re engaged in physical activity that causes you to feel any sort of pain or discomfort, stop immediately.
Consulting a doctor is advisable before beginning an exercise routine, and seeing a chiropractor such as one at The Joint, would be helpful, too; a chiropractor can make adjustments that help the body function better, thereby allowing you to get the most out of your workout.
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