Low-Impact Activities for Bad Backs

Many of us resolve to start off the new year on healthy note. Taking up exercise or getting involved in a sport are great ways to do that. Unfortunately, many of us feel that our back pain prevents us from living out our full potential. However, there are plenty of low-impact sports and activities that are relatively easy on a bad back.

Yoga

In many cities, you don’t have to look far to find a yoga studio—they’re everywhere. As you might suspect, that’s because yoga is quite popular.  Yoga can accommodate a wide range of skill sets, comfort levels and body types. Don’t feel up to doing it in public? No worries! There are plenty of online classes you can take right from the comfort of your own home.

Yoga is all about improving your body’s flexibility, focusing on steady breathing and can be tailored to anyone’s comfort level. If you suffer from a bad back, you can still find plenty of poses and stretches that won’t aggravate your pain. There are even specially designed low-impact classes!

Swimming

Swimming is another activity that you can tailor to suit your needs and there’s very little chance of aggravating your back. You might have to try out a number of different strokes to learn which work best for  you and your pain, but once you do, you’ll find a great way to stay healthy throughout the year.

Water provides resistance against the movement of your muscles to help you get a better workout, and the core muscle groups you use aren’t subject to higher-impact activities like running. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner. We all have to start somewhere. It may take a while to get your form down, but in time your health will thank you!

Walking

It’s easy to overlook the simple act of walking as exercise, but if you’re looking for a low-impact activity that will get you out and about, there’s nothing better. Perhaps the best part about using a walk as your primary exercise is how easily it  can adapt to your needs. Walk for as long as you’d like, listen to a podcast while you do it and set whatever pace works best for you.

Walking requires no bending over or high-impact movements, and studies have shown that its benefits go far beyond physical benefits and actually help those dealing with depression.

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If your back pain is preventing you from experiencing a truly happy new year, visit Choice Chiropractic. Contact us to learn about your treatment options.

 

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