Spring is just around the corner, which means it is the perfect time to strap on the running shoes and head out into the great outdoors. Outdoor exercise provides a wide range of health benefits including better cardiovascular fitness, stronger muscles, and very importantly — improved spinal health.
By exercising in a way that benefits your spine, you can avoid visits to a chiropractor with a sore back and enjoy much better flexibility and agility. In this post, our Ealing chiropractor at The Spine & Joint Centre shares some of the best forms of exercise for spinal health.
Cycling is a low impact form of exercise that can deliver a dramatic improvement to your cardiovascular fitness in a short amount of time. It is less jarring on the spine compared to activities like running or weight lifting, which makes it useful for people who already have sore joints.
Riding a bike can help the spine in a number of ways. It strengthens the core muscles and muscles surrounding the spine, which provides support for the spine and take some of the load off the back. Cycling also encourages weight loss which boost spinal health.
The benefits of cycling for the spine have been backed up by a study from researchers at Deakin University. The researchers found that “High-volume cyclists had better intervertebral disc tissue quality than otherwise healthy, but non-sporting, people.”
When patients visit our chiropractors in Ealing to receive chiropractic care, they can expect to be asked about their exercise regime. If they are fairly sedentary, our first recommendation is to start walking more often. Walking provides several excellent benefits for the spine and joints, including:
- Improves the stability of the spine
Walking strengthens the muscles that keep the body in an upright position, improving the overall stability of the spine.
- Nourishes spinal structures
Walking is a great way to improve blood circulation, which helps to deliver nutrients to the essential components of the spine.
- Stronger bones
Spending more time in an upright position strengthens many of the bones in your body, including the vertebrae.
- Weight reduction
Walking regularly can help you lose weight, which takes some strain off the spine.
- Better posture and more flexibility
Walking uses the range of motion of your joints and keeps your body in a natural position. This leads to improvements in terms of posture and flexibility.
Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise that can dramatically improve the health of the spine. It is often a form of exercise suggested by our chiropractic team. Spring is a great time to try an outdoor yoga session, which is even more enjoyable. Some of the key benefits of yoga for the spine include:
- Better posture
Yoga poses stretch the joints and strengthen the muscles that are used to maintain good posture
- Better spinal flexibility
Yoga poses can put spinal vertebrae through their entire range of motion. This can help to keep the joints healthy.
- Muscular strength
The muscles around the spine become much stronger with regular yoga practice.
- Body awareness
Yoga is a meditative practice which focusses your mind on your body. It will make you aware of any spinal issues you are experiencing, which will encourage you to seek chiropractic care earlier on.
Whenever patients visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing and mention that they struggle to run, walk, or bike because of sore joints, swimming is often our recommend activity for them. Swimming is an extremely low impact form of exercise which offers extensive health benefits.
Swimming strokes use the body’s full range of motion, which helps you maintain excellent joint health. There are minimal shocks on the joints compared to other activities, which means people with lower body injuries can enjoy it. People who suffer from sore joints or chronic diseases like osteoarthritis can also enjoy swimming.
Swimming also has the same benefits as activities like walking. It improves spinal flexibility, assists with weight loss, nourishes spinal structures and so on. It really is a wonderful activity for improving the health of your spine.
If you want to learn more about improving your spinal health, call The Spine & Joint Centre on 020 8900 9004.