Walking for Back Health and Exercise

It’s 2021, and in January, most people start to get back into a fitness and health routine. If you’ve been out of practice from the exercise game, it’s best to ease back in slowly. What if you suffer from recurring back pain? Well, walking is one of the simplest exercises and is frequently overlooked as one of the easiest ways to help relieve and prevent low back pain.

Dr. Prescribed Walking

The days of just taking it easy and laying in bed are long gone (depending on the injury!). Our chiropractors often recommend some type of walking regimen for patients with low back pain. While it could be extremely difficult to find the motivation to get up and move, patients will typically benefit from less pain and a faster recovery. As always, your treatment plan is focused on your needs and areas for relief. So, do not overdo it and always listen to your care plan.

Supports Muscles For Spinal Support

Your core, trunk and lower back are the key to movement and the stability in your lower half! Spending too much time sitting or laying around oftentimes causes the spine to be misaligned. A prolonged sedentary lifestyle also could lead to weaker muscles, put you at risk for injury and sometimes fatigue. It’s important to keep active, even with slow walks. This will help your back stay more flexible and also will strengthen the muscles that support your back and keep it moving!  

Walking Promotes Better Health

At Advanced, we see the benefits of walking among our patients and also across the board with our fitness center members. Regular walking can help with:

  • Stress – walking helped decrease anxiety and depression. It’s a great way to clear your head after a long day.
  • Improves total cholesterol 
  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Reduce or maintain optimal weight range
  • Great for a rest or recovery day after tough workouts 
  • Can help prevent heart disease and dementia 

When to Start

You can start anytime! Start slow and short. You can work your way up slowly. Begin with 5-10 minutes on flat ground or on a treadmill or elliptical. Before you know it, you’ll be crushing hills! Be sure to use proper posture to reap the most benefit from your light cardio work. Coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments, your back should stay in good shape! Ready to make an appointment with one of our doctors? Give us a call and 973-616-4555 today!