The Importance of Stretching When Experiencing Back Pain

Avoid Back PainMild back pain can be a nuisance. It turns everyday tasks into painful challenges. Walking, exercising, working and even sitting in a chair can cause unfathomable levels of discomfort. While seemingly counterintuitive, stretching actually plays a vital role in healing and alleviating back pain. During a period of chronic back pain, exercise is the last thing anyone wants to think about; but spine doctors indicate straightening and extending one’s body to its full length is exactly what the spine needs. It’s common knowledge that regular exercise is an essential component to the body’s overall health, yet many people seem to overlook stretching during their workout routine. But for individuals suffering from chronic back pain, stretching muscles can help alleviate discomfort in the spine, and even help prevent future occurrences of pain.
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Health Benefits of Stretching

Benefits of StretchingMost of us know that stretching before engaging in any form of exercise is important. But how important is stretching to your daily routine? We stretch when we’re tired, and we stretch when we don’t want to be tired anymore—a fact that seems to indicate that stretching has benefits on both sides of the spectrum. And so it does. Stretching is an extremely beneficial and healthy means of getting oxygen to cells, and oxygen is what helps cells thrive. As a matter of fact, oxygen is so important to every single cell in our bodies that without it, we begin to die within minutes. The health benefits of stretching are many, including increasing blood circulation to all organs of your body; preventing you from getting injured, particularly while you’re exercising; helping you to develop more flexibility; boosting your endurance levels; increasing your energy levels; reducing cramping and aching; increasing your athletic performance ability; and even lifting your spirits. Following is information regarding daily health tips and benefits of stretching that will help explain why including daily stretching into your life. Continue reading “Health Benefits of Stretching”

Healthy Exercise Tips for Older Adults

Exercise tips for seniors
Exercise for older adults

Staying active is important for every age group, but particularly beneficial for older adults. Many experts suggest that it is one way to prevent many diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There are four main types of exercises that older adults should consider participating in: endurance, strengthening, stretching, and balance exercises. Each of these has particular benefits for the older adult. It is essential that before beginning any exercise program no matter how strenuous or easy you think it is that it be cleared with your NJ primary care physician.

Endurance Activities

These types of activities improve the heart and the circulatory system. They are commonly called “aerobic” exercises but this does not mean signing up for a marathon. It can be walking, swimming or riding a bike (stationary or otherwise). These can all help get the heart pumping and increase circulation which can be beneficial for many things such as lowering blood pressure. It is important to seek out a professional who can help design an aerobic exercise program that will be appropriate for your needs and present fitness level. Continue reading “Healthy Exercise Tips for Older Adults”