An active spine is a healthy spine. This is important at any age. The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.1 Activities such as surfing, soccer and strength training in the gym can have great benefits to your overall mental and physical health. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 56% of all Australians are not sufficiently physically active.2 This has a negative impact on your spinal health.
Benefits of regular exercise
Most physical activity can have great positive effects on the spine including the stretching, strengthening and repairing of muscles that help support your back. Regular exercise can also reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, build stronger bones, increase your energy, improve sleep patterns and so much more.
Just Start Walking
If the gym or sports field isn’t for you then walking is another great way to keep active. Some benefits of brisk walking include increasing your heart and lung fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and it contributes to a naturally upright posture.
Need a little extra help to get you walking to a healthier life? The Just Start Walking app is just what you need. This free app was developed by the Australian Chiropractors Association to encourage Australians to get outside and to get walking! The app allows you to not only map your walk, but track the distance and time taken.
The app also displays your walking history, so you can see your improvements, features local walking events near you and lets you share your walk with friends on social media.
The Just Start Walking app is in the final stages of redevelopment and will be available to download from the App Store and Google Play from 1 May 2019.
Mark your diaries now for 1 May to download the Just Start Walking app to take the first steps towards a healthier spine and be Ready for Life!
- Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults (18-64 years) 2017 (online), The Department of Health. Available at www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines#apaadult
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018, Insufficient physical activity, Australia’s health 2018, Australia’s health series no. 16.