An active spine is a healthy spine. This is important at any age. The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Activities such as surfing, soccer and strength training in the gym can have great benefits to your overall mental and physical health.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 56% of all Australians are not sufficiently physically active. This can have negative impact on your spinal health.
Most physical activity can have great positive effects on the spine including the stretching, strengthening and repairing of muscles that help support your back.
Regular exercise can also reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, build stinger bones, increase your energy, improve sleep patterns and so much more.
If the gym or sports field isn’t for you then walking is another great way to keep active. Some benefits of brisk walking include increasing your heart and lung fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and it contributes to a naturally upright posture.
Need a little extra help to get you walking to a healthier life? The Just Start Walking app is just what your need. This free app was developed by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) to encourage Australians to get outside and the get walking! The app allows you to not only map your walk, but track the distance, time and steps taken.
The app also displays your walking history, so you can see your improvements, features local walking events nears you and lets you share your walk with friends on social media.
Download the Just Start Walking app at spinalhealthweek.com.au/active to take the first steps towards a healthier spine and be Ready For Life!
Don’t forget to ask us about the right kinds of exercises and stretches for you and how Chiropractic can help to develop stronger neuromuscular links, improve skills and get your body ready for exercise.