As we get older, we begin to notice aches and pains that didn’t seem to be there before. Back pain is one of those common pains that just seems inevitable as people age, but is it really? It doesn’t have to be! You do not have to allow back pain to slow you down or keep you from doing the things you want to do. By changing some of your daily habits, you can alleviate back pain and keep living your best life, no matter what your age may be.
- Exercise to strengthen your core. Your core muscles help to support your spine, making your back stronger and more flexible. Focusing on toning your core muscles through specific, targeted exercises can prevent back-related issues like strains and muscle spasms.
- Take a walk. Walking is good exercise, easy and safe. In addition to taking a daily walk for exercise, if you have to sit for long stretches, make sure you get up and walk around frequently. Similarly, if you are at a social event that involves sitting, take breaks to walk around the room.
- Wear the right shoes. Comfortable shoes with heels less than an inch tall will reduce back strain and help prevent back pain.
- Use good posture. Whether you are walking, standing, or sitting, good posture helps your spine function properly. Keep your head high, avoid slumping and slouching, and sit in chairs that allow your knees to be slightly higher than your hips.
- Eat nutritious food. Having a wide variety of nutrients in your diet is important for your health. For your back, make sure to get plenty of calcium, found in milk, yogurt, and leafy greens, and vitamin D, which you can get from fatty fish, egg yolks, beef liver, and cheese.
- Watch your weight. Excess weight can put undue strain on your back, and make it ache.
- Don’t smoke. Nicotine restricts the flow of blood to your spine, and smoking reduces the oxygen in your blood. This combination can lead to damaged disks and weak muscles and tendons. Additionally, smoking reduced calcium absorption, increasing your risk of osteoporosis, which makes bones weak and brittle.
- Lift correctly. When you have to lift something heavy, lift with your legs, not your back. When you can, try using a rolling cart to move heavy things like groceries or boxes.
- Reduce pressure while you sleep. If you sleep flat on your back, this can cause back pain by putting pressure on your spine. Alleviate some of this pressure by putting a pillow under your knees while you sleep. If you’re a side sleeper, a pillow between your knees can help.
- Have a stretch! Tight muscles can cause back pain, especially when you stand, sit, or lie in one place for an extended time period. Simple stretches can help improve circulation to your back and ease back aches.
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