Methods for staying active in the winter
As we grow older, our spinal anatomy naturally begins to deteriorate. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, this can lead to a number of problems, including neck or back pain. However, 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 trick is finding a way to keep an active lifestyle that you enjoy.
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. By staying active in the winter months as well as warmer months through the ideas outlined below, you can keep your muscles strong and help prevent or limit neck or back pain. Plus, the winter months won’t seem as dreary when you’re having fun and keeping busy.
Ideas for keeping busy in the winter
- Go for a walk. 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 actually make you look forward to the winter.
- Crank up the music and dance. Even if you’re home alone, dancing can be a great release and keep your blood pumping.
- Join a gym. Making use of 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. Although this is not the most exciting option, giving the house a good cleaning is always a good way to keep busy.
- Shovel the snow. This is great exercise, but just be sure to stretch properly, wear boots with good traction and practice proper lifting.
- Head to the mall. A long walk in the mall is comfortable, good exercise and a chance to see plenty of interesting scenery to avoid boredom.
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If your spinal deterioration progresses to the point where you are no longer able to maintain an active lifestyle, then contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive procedures may be helpful in providing you with relief. Our procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery^ and have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief.
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