The benefits of helping your back

Helping your back by doing physical activity not only helps you stay supple, it can guarantee better overall physical fitness and mental and social well-being and even slow down aging.

Complete physical activity programme

Mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance are the key ingredients to keep your spine in good condition and help prevent back pain or, if you already have back pain, it can help with faster recovery while reducing the chances of its recurrence.

The best medicine is a complete physical activity programme that includes exercises that guarantee good health and better physical fitness and mental and social well-being.

The benefits of losing weight

It’s also important to include aerobic exercises as these exercises help with cardiovascular efficiency and helps keep your weight under control – as being overweight is one of the risk factors that contribute to back pain. It is important to start exercising at a moderate intensity, especially if you have been sedentary for a long time. By losing weight, you put less pressure and stress on your spine.

Exercising can slow down aging

Physical activity can slow the physiological changes with normal aging such as loss of bone and muscle mass. Exercising also creates an oxygenation of tissues, giving you a good supply of oxygen and nutrients to the intervertebral discs. In this way the degeneration of the intervertebral discs is slowed down as well.

The structures making up the spine; the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, all benefit from exercise not just in the short term, but also in the long term. Movement stimulates the musculoskeletal system as a whole in a way that delays aging.

Back exercises help reduce stress

Doing exercise can reduce stress and tense muscles. Stress is one of the causes that contribute to back pain. Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins which induce a state of well-being and reduces pain.


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