Staying active in the winter can be a challenge. In the summer, you can keep busy playing golf and tennis, going for a run, or just enjoying the great outdoors, but come winter, the natural instinct for many people is to hunker down and wait for spring. The problem is that becoming sedentary isn’t healthy and can lead to a number of problems, including back and neck pain. The trick is finding a way to keep an active lifestyle that you enjoy.
Ideas for Keeping Busy
- Go for a walk anyway – while it might be cold out, trudging through the snow is great exercise, keeps your heart rate up, and can be extremely refreshing once you’re bundled up. Just be careful to wear proper footwear and avoid slippery areas.
- Take up skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or another winter sport – these sports are a lot of fun and can make you actually look forward to the winter.
- Crank up the music and dance – even if you’re home alone, dancing can be a great release and keeps your blood pumping.
- Join a gym – exercise equipment, cardio machines, and stretching classes are all excellent options and a good way to avoid disc pain.
- Visit an indoor pool – hydrotherapy or simply swimming a couple of laps is refreshing and fantastic exercise.
- Do some housework – maybe not the most fun option, but giving the house a good cleaning is always a good way to keep busy.
- Shovel the snow – this is great exercise, just be sure to stretch properly, wear boots with good traction, and practice proper lifting.
- Head to the mall – a good long walk in the mall is comfortable, good exercise and gives you plenty of interesting scenery to avoid boredom.
As we grow older, our spinal anatomy naturally begins to deteriorate. Herniated discs, pinched nerves, facet disease, and a variety of other degenerative spine conditions are extremely common and are usually a result of nothing more than natural wear and tear. However, by staying active in the winter months as well as warmer months, you can keep your back and neck muscles strong and help prevent or limit back and neck pain. Plus, the winter months don’t seem as dreary when you’re having fun and keeping busy.