When living with spinal stenosis, it might seem like you can’t do anything without exacerbating your condition, including simply enjoying the outdoors. However, there are many outdoor activities you can partake in without making your pain and other symptoms worse.
A few tips
While the extent of your activity should be based exclusively on your particular condition, and you should always check with your physician before trying new exercises, some less-intense options include:
- Walking – Whether you were an avid runner prior to your spinal stenosis and want a way to maintain fitness, or you just want to get some low-impact exercise, taking a long walk outside can be an exceptionally fun way to enjoy nature and stay healthy without hurting yourself.
- Picnicking – Eating al fresco is a great way to spend time outside when the weather is nice. Spread a blanket in a local park or take advantage of picnic tables. You don’t have to make a giant meal, either. Just some sandwiches, fruit and water make a satisfying and lightweight treat.
- Gardening – Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you might be able to do some light gardening, but stick to activities like planting small flowers and pruning small branches rather than any heavy lifting or physically intense tasks to avoid aggravating your condition.
- Reading – Whether in a hammock, lawn chair or lounge, reading is a perfect activity for those with spinal stenosis because it allows you to enjoy fresh air without risk of overexerting yourself. A café with outdoor seating or a park are two especially pleasant places to read because they allow for “people watching” as well.
For more minimally intensive activities that can be enjoyed outside, details about treatment for spinal stenosis and information on the minimally invasive spine procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll conduct a review of your MRI or CT scan and let you know if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.