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Did you resolve to get (more) fit and healthy this year?
We hope so! Inactivity is the fourth biggest risk factor for death in adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization; only half of American women and 40% of men were sufficiently active. Committing to a regular exercise routine and a nutritious diet not only helps you to build a better body, it contributes to better mental health and overall sense of well-being.
It’s much easier to stay on track and motivated when you’re not slowed down by injury, or even those small nagging aches and pains some of us have become resigned to. Here are some small resolutions to consider to help keep 2015 active and pain free!
Resolution #1: Be active to stay active
Losing extra weight puts less stress on joints; working on improving strength and flexibility (particularly in your core) helps protect you from everyday injury. Building exercise, regular stretching, and other activity into your routine will help keep those aches and pains at bay, allowing you to remain active all year long and as you age.
Resolution #2: Pay attention to what your body is telling you
Be aware of your limitations; don’t try to do too much, too fast. If your body is feeling run down or hinting at pain, take a break and adjust your routine accordingly. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Resolution #3: When you’re resting, REST.
Your body rebuilds, repairs and renews during sleep. Make sure you get a sufficient amount of sleep for physical nd mental recovery,a and that the shuteye you do get is high quality. Relax The Back can help you find the mattress, pillows and other accessories that help provide comfort and support to help you with falling and staying asleep.
Resolution #4: Work it throughout your work day.
We spend a lot of time at work, and we spend a lot of our work day sitting. It’s been called the “sitting disease”: most of us spend entirely too much time sedentary, and it’s shortening our life expectancy. Sitting hunched over at a desk in particular lends itself to painful backs, necks and shoulders. Resolve to find ways to get moving all workday long, even if you have to set an alarm as a reminder. Here are 10 ways to incorporate more movement into your day.
Resolution #5: Stand up straight.
Mom was right about this one. Poor posture, sitting and standing, can cause perpetual tenseness and pain that you may not even notice until you get a massage or decompress at bedtime. Keeping your back and neck actively aligned— not locked straight— relieves pressure and strain on joints and muscles and improves your breathing, which in turn lifts your energy levels and ability to concentrate as you move oxygen more efficiently around your body. Plus, good posture is a “power pose” that makes you feel more confident and appear more capable to other people!
Resolution #6: Be dedicated to staying hydrated.
Like sleep, proper hydration is essential for muscle recovery and injury prevention, as well as spinal health. Skimp on H2O and you’ll feel less motivated, alert, energetic; you might be more prone to headaches. Drink up every day at regular intervals for better digestion, performance, moods and let’s not forget more youthful, dewy skin!
About Relax The Back
Check out Relax the Back to ward off aches and pains for a more active you in 2015! Relax The Back is the place to go for products that relieve daily discomfort: their employees are trained to understand how to relieve and prevent back and neck pain, and provide personalized solutions. Find a store near you.