What is a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle is living in a way that maximizes your health, energy levels and physical strength. The five main components of a healthy life are:
Nutritious food Enjoying a healthy and balanced diet ensures that your body has the energy and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Adults who exercise regularly should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (if it’s an intense workout, cut it in half). You should also do some strength training each week for all major muscle groups. This keeps your muscles, ligaments, bones and cardiovascular system healthy.
Weight Management A healthy lifestyle includes maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
Manage Your Stress Levels Stress can have a huge impact on your body, raising your blood sugar, triggering anxiety and slowing down your metabolism. Finding ways to deal with stress is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Get enough sleep The body uses sleep to heal the body, regulate hormones, remove toxins, and so on. Sleep is an important part of staying healthy and happy.
How does a healthy lifestyle help your back?
A healthy lifestyle will not only give you more energy, improve your quality of life and help you live longer, it can also help you avoid back pain. Methods as below:
Better core strength to support your back
Regular exercise ensures proper development of the abdominal and lower back muscles. Keeping these muscles strong will reduce pressure on the spine and support it. You will be less likely to get injured or strain your back and you will be less stressed every day.
Being active and healthy will also help you improve your posture. It is easier to keep your spine straight when sitting, walking and running, which helps prevent back pain.
Losing weight means a healthier back
The UK is still experiencing an obesity epidemic, with over 62% of adults being overweight or obese. Unfortunately, carrying all this extra weight can cause back pain and alter the alignment of the spine. A healthy lifestyle can help you avoid obesity and maintain a weight range that’s appropriate for your age, gender, and height.
Spend less time sitting by sitting
Sitting for long periods of time is one of the main risk factors for back pain and lumbar disease. In short, the more time you sit down, the greater the risk of back pain. A healthy lifestyle will help as it is a more active lifestyle. You will spend less time in front of a computer or TV and more time walking around.
Your spine gets the nutrients it needs
The human spine needs many nutrients to grow new tissues and repair itself, including vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B12, iron and protein. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet ensures that your spine contains all of these important nutrients.
Reduce the risk of degenerative spinal injuries
A healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that avoids smoking and excessive drinking. This can help you avoid certain illnesses and injuries.
For example, researchers have found that smoking increases the risk of degenerative disc disease and low back pain. Other studies have shown that people who drink excessively are more likely to be injured.
More chance of professional help
Having a healthy lifestyle makes a person more health conscious and more likely to see a doctor if problems arise.
This means that if you have back pain, you won’t hesitate to see a chiropractor or GP – this will help you identify and treat spinal injuries or other back problems before they get worse.