Gardening is a summertime activity that many of us look forward to. Gardening is a great way to spruce up your home, get outside and stay active. In fact, did you know that gardening activities like pulling weeds, trimming and planting can burn 200-400 calories/hour. The downside can be that stiff backs and injuries can happen when we aren’t careful in the garden. Use these easy tips to stay injury-free this summer…
There are countless fitness magazines, blogs, articles, and websites that talk about healthy weight and what’s acceptable and what’s not. We are inundated with information obsessing over the human body and what looks good.
This blog is not another one of those articles. We are not concerned about your body weight in terms of how you look, we want to talk about a body weight that has everything to do with your health and quality of life. There are a few quick calculations and tricks that you can use to determine what your personal healthy body weight should be. Continue reading
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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Over 80% of adults experience one or more episodes of back pain in their lifetime. Continue reading