Mind Your Posture: Active Ageing

We are living in an era of significant population ageing and it is time to pay attention to the role our posture plays in keeping us fit and active into old age.

Remaining active as we age is important to our well-being and continued health. So, whilst our bodies start to slow down naturally, there are some simple everyday steps that can be taken to help preserve your back and posture into your older years:

  • Stay as active as you can within your physical limitations. Some exercises that may seem daunting or only for the very fit may, in fact, be perfect in allowing you to maintain fitness and mobility if done at a ‘lower’ level.  Adding just a few minutes of exercise or stretches to your daily routine could be of benefit.
  • Walking is a great way to stay active and the benefits underestimated.  It is less strenuous on the joints than other forms of exercise but is weight bearing and so can help maintain bone density.
  • A moving joint is likely to be less painful than a static joint, so even simple movement, stretches or gentle exercises could help relieve pain.
  • Promoting core strength and positive posture by doing Straighten Up UK – a series of simple stretches and exercises is a great idea.  www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/straighten-up-uk
  • Look to increase levels of activity in simple ways: walk to the shops instead of driving; try walking a little faster to boost the exercise benefit; take the stairs instead of an escalator or lift. Any additional exercise is better than none.
  • Keep your fluid levels topped up; the body works better when well hydrated: Your muscles and joints will work more efficiently and fatigue less.
  • Always consult your doctor before embarking on new exercises to make sure they are compatible with any known medical conditions or symptoms.

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