To some, Earth Day might mean planting a tree. To other people, Earth Day might mean an obligation to get out and inhabit nature, perhaps in an attempt to enjoy all the good our planet has to offer.
Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. would like to review ways that patients and readers can get out into the world without compromising back and spine health. When it comes down to it, your spine and your back are really at the center of it all. Once you compromise your back, everything else gets thrown out of whack.
Stretch it Out
This might mean finding a place at your local watering hole or finding a clearing in a forest, but taking 20-50 minutes to stretch out your body can be a life-changing experience. Engaging in yoga or a spiritual stretch routine in a natural setting might be the difference between a Zen or a hectic existence...
Jogging / Hiking
Running (especially on uneven turf and footing) might not be the very best way for you to engage in cardio, but hiking can be an alternative the puts less wear and tear on your knees, ankles, and your lower back. If you insist on running or cross-training, make sure you invest in proper shoes and make sure that you supplement your program with yoga or an equivalent form of stretching.
Cycling is easy on your back and it's an excellent exercise for your core. Ride uphill with the highest resistance you can handle if you want a more powerful workout. Make sure your seat and handlebars are adjusted accordingly.
If you experience any sort of discomfort this Earth Day while you're out there getting after it during the Spring and Summer seasons, do not hesitate to contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. If you're running at anything less than 100%, we'll get your body back to optimized.