Every year on 16 October, people from around the world come together on World Spine Day (an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health) to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.
With half of Australians not being physically active and back problems reported as number one globally, Australians of all ages are putting their spinal health and wellbeing at risk.
To combat this epidemic, people of all ages are encouraged to ‘Get Spine Active’ this World Spine Day. This initiative aims to highlight the importance of physical activity, movement and exercise for maintaining spinal health.
It’s time Australia, time to get up, get out and get spine active by forming good, healthy habits that can be implemented every day. Here are five ways to get spine active today:
- Running – Although cardio activities like running are important for heart health and fitness, they can also help improve your spinal health. Activities like running and fast walking may help strengthen your spine.
- Weightlifting – Lifting weights is great for anyone trying to maintain a healthy spine and lifestyle. Weightlifting can tone your muscles and boost metabolism, as well as help improve posture and stabilise your spine. Ensure you learn the correct techniques by seeking the help of a professional.
- Swimming – Not only does swimming help build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness but is also a low impact sport. If you are keen to give swimming a go, commit to three times a week for 30 minutes per workout.
- Cycling – As another low impact sport, cycling can help improve posture and flexibility and is an aerobic activity, meaning your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. Plus it’s a great way to commute, enjoying the great outdoors and exploring new trails and paths.
- Tennis – Tennis is a great sport for people of all ages and abilities. This activity has great benefits for your health by simply moving and increasing your heart rate.
To help you form these good spinal habits, the Australian Chiropractors Association has developed the Straighten Up and Just Start Walking apps. The Straighten Up app features a 3-minute stretching program to help you maintain correct posture no matter where you are, and the Just Start Walking app enables you to experience the benefits of walking while tracking and mapping your walks so you can monitor your progress and improvement.
Your local ACA chiropractor can also provide advice and assistance on implementing spine active habits into your daily routine, and help you start on your spine active journey today.
To find your local ACA chiropractor visit findachiro.org.au or for more information on World Spine Day visit worldspineday.org.au