Maintain a Healthy Exercise Program During the Holidays to Relieve Back Pain
The holidays are a particularly tough time to keep up with your exercise program. The weather is getting chilly, which makes you want to snuggle up indoors. There are family and friends making demands on your time that could otherwise be spent in the gym and, above all else, there are countless meals and holiday parties threatening to overload you with excess calories.
But what can you do to fight the temptation to slack off on your exercise program? And how can you maintain your healthy lifestyle over the holidays, an especially important goal if you suffer from back pain? According to a recent article from WebMed, here are some great tips:
Be flexible on busy days. If you can’t make it to the gym after work due to a holiday commitment, get up earlier in the morning and take a brisk walk or jog.
Switch up your routine to prevent boredom.
Combine fun holiday activities with exercise. Take the kids sledding and haul them up the hill. Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing with friends, or go on a backpacking trip to get in a good cardio workout.
Create a home workout program for those days when you just can’t make it to the gym. You can do a variety of exercises from the comfort of your own home, such as pushups, crunches, stretches to relieve sciatica, and more.
Work on your time management. With so many holiday activities, take an extra moment to plan out your day – and fit in time for exercise.
Furthermore, Laser Spine Institute has a few additional tips for back pain sufferers trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season:
Include just the right amount of physical activity for your own condition. Listen to your body when pain goes from tolerable to intolerable, and always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Changing your diet is an important component to managing pain and inflammation. This can involve eating more foods that have anti-inflammatory properties such as salmon, walnuts, whole grains, berries, and leafy, dark green vegetables, and decreasing the intake of foods that have pro-inflammatory substances (such as processed meats, high-sugar foods, and high-sodium foods).
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