Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tips to Stay Active Indoors

Tips to Stay Active Indoors

Though the weather in Nebraska has been uneasy, even on the nicer days, you may not want to exercise outdoors.  Snow melted, ice-covered sidewalks, and muddy parks make for an annoying workout.  Luckily there are several ways to stay active even when stuck indoors!

First, if you are a member of a gym, now would be a perfect time to workout indoors with a personal trainer or try a new group exercise class.  Most gyms have a variety of workouts to choose from, and you can always try a workout that is non weight bearing, therefore good for your spine, such as swimming.  Plus, working up a sweat at the gym will warm you up in this cold weather—-literally.

If you don’t care for gyms or can’t afford a membership, think of investing in some at-home workout DVDs.  Companies such as Beachbody have dozens of programs— such as P90X.  However, there’s a number of workout DVDs that you can buy at Target or Walmart for reasonable prices.

If you’ve got kids or pets, this next couple months could be a great way to bond while stuck indoors.  With pets, you can play tug-o-war or fetch.  With kids, you can tackle an indoor project like cleaning out the basement (or force them to help you!).  Also, if you have a Nintendo Wii, you can try playing sports like tennis or golf.  Your kids need to stay active as well, turn it into a family project to find ways to incorporate more physical activity into your weekly schedules.

Remember how important your health, especially your back health, is.  Take the time to take care of yourself now, and you’ll reap the benefits later.  Though the weather is cold, and it gets dark outside early in the day, don’t let those circumstances your energy and physical activity. Stay active indoors today, feel better tomorrow.

Before starting any activity program please consult your health care provider to make sure it is safe.  This article is informational only and not intended as an endorsement of any program.

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vertebral compression fracture

Vertebral Compression Fracture

When a spine becomes compressed due to trauma, a vertebral compression fracture can occur.  The most common vertebrae broken is the lower back, but any portion of the spine could break. In most cases, an incredible amount of trauma is needed for this fracture to occur (such as a terrible car accident). However, for elderly people with osteoporosis or people who have cancer, a fracture can occur quite easily since their bones are very fragile. The final cause of a vertebral compression fracture would be Continue reading

What is Lumbar Spondylosis?

Lumbar spondylosis refers to degeneration to the spine of the lower back.  According to spine-health.com, “Spondylosis is not a medical diagnosis; it is a term that describes symptoms related to degenerative changes in the spine.”  It is used as a descriptive term, describing the type of pain and spine degeneration that a patient may have. Continue reading