It's the new year, which means New Year's Resolutions galore. You might have found evidence of this at the gym, where foot traffic will be the most congested it will get all year. That means newbies hogging the machines, half marathons being ran on the treadmill, and everything in between to make things extra inconvenient.
But persistence is key. It's unfortunate that many times we get caught up on weight because of aesthetic reasons, which is what drives us to change. How we look plays a big role into why we start rigorous diets and training programs to shed unwanted pounds. Many of us don't think about the overall health benefits we glean from losing excess fat; we only think about how good we're going to look in a bathing suit. But losing weight sends wellness reverberations throughout your entire body and mind.
Do it for Your Back
SpineUniverse.com offers up some great ideas for losing weight for the sake of your back. Having a protruding belly can cause undo stress on your back due to carrying excess weight around. Try carrying around a 10 pound weight with you all day; you'll quickly find that it gets heavy, and it starts to put pressure on certain areas of your body more than others -- your back and spine, for instance.
Think of being overweight as being in a jam-packed car. Think of all that pressure being put on the struts and shock absorbers of the automobile. That's exactly what's happening to your intervertebral discs. This can accentuate spinal curvature and increase injury risk.
Exercise with Your Back in Mind
Certain exercises and working in a yoga practice a few days a week can actually help you manage and alleviate your back pain in addition to helping you lose weight. Finding a workout buddy will also help motivate you to get to class on time and on schedule, too.
We hope some of this advice helps. If you have back pain in 2018 that persists in the face of losing weight, exercise, and diet change, then schedule a consultation with Barton Chiropractic Clinic today and we'll put you on the path to lasting recovery.