How To Be A Functional Couch Potato For Better Back Health

It’s a statement of fact that we are a largely sedentary society. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with sitting down, far too many of us are spending far too much time in a seated position every day. I won’t deny the appeal of coming home after a long day at work and plopping your butt down on a nice comfy sofa to unwind and relax. However, it’s crucial for our health to make sure we are getting plenty of movement and exercise throughout the day. Despite what you may think, sitting or lying down is not entirely beneficial for back health, even (and especially) if you experience chronic bouts of back pain. Still, many people have trouble finding the time or working up the motivation to get more movement and physical activity into their day, which is why it’s always good to learn about easy ways to incorporate exercise into a person’s daily routine. 

Making Movement Easier

It’s certainly ideal for a person to go for a jog every morning, or pump some iron at the gym a couple days a week, but the reality is that this isn’t always a feasible option for everyone. Fortunately, you can get into better health without having to shake up your routine too much. Make simple yet smart choices, such as choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator as often as you reasonably can. During your lunch hour, try to get outside, weather permitting, and take a brisk 10 or 15 minute walk, which can also boost your energy and sense of focus for better productivity in the afternoon. 

Once you get home and are ready to relax, continue to add healthy habits to your lifestyle. Lift some small weights or practice leg lifts on the couch while watching TV. You can also utilize a treadmill in your living room so you’re engaging your body while unwinding from the day. 

It’s not hard to get plenty of exercise throughout the day, so there’s not much of an excuse to not get started. If you’re ready to take your total health and wellness to the next level, consider visiting your nearest The Joint Chiropractic clinic. At The Joint, chiropractors can perform safe and effective manual manipulations and adjustments which can bring your body and mind into alignment for better physical and mental health. 

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