It’s unfortunate that right now our society is getting more and more inactive. As a result, it puts us at risk for a variety of different things such as heart disease, obesity and an increase in orthopedic injuries such as low back pain, neck, shoulder, hip pain. Plus all that increases our healthcare costs and decreases our quality of life. So obviously, this is something that we need to try and change.
Here are some tips.
– Get screened. A physical therapist or a movement specialist can watch how you move, and talk to you about your daily habits and behaviors and get you on a really good routine of what would be an optimal place to start for you.
– Change positions as often as you can. At a minimum of every twenty to thirty minutes, you need to get up, move around, stretch. Constant movement is really where it’s at. If you continue to move and become less inactive (more active) then you’re going to find your quality of life goes up tremendously!
– Maintain your flexibility. Change position, stretch out at your desk every hour, perform some isometric contractions to bulk your abs and your glutes. Hold and squeeze for about ten seconds or so. Repeat that for a series of a minute or two every thirty minutes and you’ll feel a lot better.
Dr. Anthony Manzella is Director of Physical Therapy at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation, a multi-specialty wellness facility serving northern NJ and the NY metro area for the past 18 years. If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Manzella, you can call (973) 478-2212 to schedule an appointment or you can go online to www.ferrarospine.com.