We all know that consistent stretching and exercise is vital for optimal health and wellbeing. Here at Helensvale Chiropractic Centre we specialise in spinal, posture correction and increasing your flexibility utilising chiropractic adjustments plus simple corrective spinal stretches and exercises designed specifically to improve your posture, flexibility and get you out of pain. Whether you are just starting out, work out regularly or recovering from an injury we will design a safe but effective stretching and exercise program specifically for you. We also give you helpful tips that you can use every day to improve your posture and flexibility.
One of the worse things we do these days is prolonged sitting. We sit in the car, at work, watching TV, on the computer, eating dinner, on the phone and while socialising.
This leads to:
- Poor cardiovascular health
- Poor metabolism
- Tightness of muscles, joints and the spine
- Poor posture
- Poor circulation.
If sitting for long periods of time it is highly recommended that you get up every 20 minutes and stretch or go for a walk. This will improve your productivity, concentration, circulation and help prevent future health problems.
Helensvale Chiropractic Centre has a very simple way of exercising that maximises your muscle tone, burns fat and increases your cardiovascular health.
Remember our bodies are designed to be hunters and gatherers. This means plenty of walking with short bursts of high intensity activity, bending crouching and climbing.
We all know by now the benefits of regular exercise but do we really need to spend a fortune on gym memberships and expensive equipment? No. All you need is a pair of sandshoes and somewhere to walk. If you are lucky enough to live by the beach then sandshoes will not be required. We all live busy lifestyles which lead to stress, fatigue and sometimes weight gain but there really is no excuse for not allowing ourselves 20mins to walk around the block. If you have children, lead by example and encourage them to ride their bikes next to you. The key is to be active.
Add as much movement into your day as possible:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park a little further from work and walk
- Ride a bike to the shops
- Join in with your kids in the pool or at the beach
- Limit your time sitting on a computer or on your phone.
Do you really want to see all the fun everyone else is having on Facebook or would you like it to be you?
It really doesn’t matter what time of the day to exercise, just that you commit to it each and every day. In time you will find that you feel so good that come rain or shine nothing will stop you taking your walk. It’s recommended that you start with a 20 minute walk if you have not been exercising regularly and then gradually build your distance and time to suit. Some days you may have a bit more time spare so extend your walk to 30-40 minutes, other days you may not be so lucky but we all should be able to take 20 minutes out of our daily routine for our health.
Once you are comfortable with walking 20-30 minutes regularly, then we can add a gentle resistance workout that you can do at home, which helps maintain muscle mass and burn fat. Plus introduce short bursts of light intensity workout which will maximize your cardiovascular health and fitness.