Take a tour of Tampa with a healthy back
As one of America’s Top 25 Most Playful Cities (as ranked by Sperling’s Best Places), Tampa, Florida, has abundant recreational options that appeal to residents and visitors alike. From vibrant downtown museums and sports venues to gorgeous outdoor parks and gardens, Tampa’s attractions span a wide range of interests, making the city a top destination for adventure seekers of all ages.
With Bayshore Boulevard – the longest continuous sidewalk in the world – connecting many of Tampa’s top activities, taking a tour on foot (or bike) is at the top of many visitors’ to-do lists. Not sure where to start? Consider the following tips for an enjoyable and enriching tour of Tampa:
- Start at the southernmost end of the city, near Ballast Point. Stop by the Ballast Point Playground and Splash Park; while you relax on the seating and enjoy the scenery, you can let younger children explore and release some pent-up energy.
- Head north on Bayshore on foot or bike, viewing some of the area’s most beautifully constructed luxury homes (and keeping an eye out for manatees and dolphins) while making your way down town.
- Once you arrive in the downtown area, spend a few hours at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts or the Glazer Children’s Museum. Curtis Hixon Park hosts a variety of events as well, so be sure to check if there’s a yoga class, food festival or concert scheduled during the time you’re in the area. When the sun goes down, you can get tickets for a play at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, catch a film at the historic Tampa Theatre, or cheer on the local NHL team (The Tampa Bay Lightning) at the Amalie Arena.
No matter what attractions you decide to visit, you’ll have a busy day ahead, and staying comfortable is of the utmost importance. This is especially true if you’re dealing with chronic neck or back pain. However, there are plenty of ways to ensure maximum comfort throughout your trip.
As with any physical activity where you’ll be on your feet for an extended period of time, taking a tour of Tampa is best done in supportive, well-fitting shoes – preferably a pair that you’ve worn at least once prior to your trip. Loose, breathable clothing made of cotton, linen or another natural fabric can increase your comfort and also help protect your skin from the intense Florida sun.
Staying in tune with your body is important, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of the area’s public transportation options if you need a break. If walking causes discomfort in your spine, you can rent a Coast Bike from various bike share stations scattered throughout the city. There are also abundant taxi cabs as well as a downtown trolley system that uses nostalgic streetcars. If you decide to tackle Bayshore on foot, feel free to take frequent rest breaks on the waterfront benches and hydrate using the water fountains spaced throughout the median.
According to the National Institutes of Health, for adults who are not physically active, stretching breaks can also be advantageous. You’ll find a designated exercise station along Bayshore Boulevard just one to two miles south of downtown, or you can simply look for a grassy patch along the water to give your muscles a bit of extra attention.
If your neck or back pain has been preventing you from doing the things you love, you may have more options than you think. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for a variety of neck and back conditions, and our patients experience a much shorter recovery time§ than those who choose open spine surgery. To learn more about these options and how they may help you reclaim your active lifestyle, contact Laser Spine Institute today.