woman in swimming poolLack of time is one of the most common reasons why people do not exercise, yet regular physical activity can increase life expectancy. Crucial to overall wellness, exercise also helps with weight management, muscle strength and spine health.

The spine houses the central nervous system, which controls all parts of the body. Having strong back and core muscles can help prevent spinal misalignments that may affect the entire body.

Which activities are best for maintaining spine health and preventing injury?

Fitness Activities to Support the Spine

We understand the importance of exercise but not all activities are safe for everyone. Some can be too strenuous on the back, knees or lead to injury for less advanced individuals. The following activities are chiropractor-approved for people of all ages and fitness levels!

1. Swimming

Although swimming is a full body workout, the buoyancy of water supports your weight so less impact is placed on the joints. Swimming can increase range of motion, cardiovascular endurance, ease existing body pain and strengthen muscles.

2. Yoga

A popular practice to connect the body and mind, yoga has been around for over 5,000 years! Yoga poses can relieve stiff muscles and back tension, a common reason for seeing a chiropractor. If you are new to yoga, some beginner poses to try include downward facing dog, plank and side plank, child’s pose and seated half-spinal twist.

3. Pilates

The goal of Pilates is to relax and strengthen the muscles. Back and core exercises can improve flexibility, posture and help stabilize the spine. Pilates also works to balance muscle strength on both sides of the body, which can reduce risk of overuse injury.

4. Hiking

You might think a longer, more vigorous walk only benefits the leg muscles but hiking can improve soft tissue flexibility in the spine. This low-impact activity can also increase range of motion in your back for better posture. Start with an easy terrain in your local area!

5. Biking

Bike riding can help those who suffer from low back pain. Cycling is more gentle on the spine than other types of physical activity, such as running. However, it’s important to have your bike properly fitted to your body and to ride with good posture. Biking can help you lose weight, increase muscle strength, flexibility and joint mobility.
 
Our team at The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular adjustments and nutrition counseling. To learn more about our services, contact us today!

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Jennifer D.
"I started adjustments for neck, back, and tailbone pain and at the end of the 10 weeks the pain was completely gone. Dr. Wade is kind, funny, and very good at what he does. He brings positive energy into the office every single day and is in a good mood 100% of the time."
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Jennifer D.
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Malinda Branson
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