Taking care of you body tends to be something that we only do when we notice something is wrong. You eat better when you aren’t feeling well, and you exercise more when you notice your favorite jeans no longer fit. But one of the most important parts of maintaining your health is what you do consistently each day. Choosing the stairs over the elevator, and fruit instead of cake. The little things add up.
That’s why such a simple thing as daily stretching can have a huge impact on your overall health. Tightness in muscles and ligaments can create weaknesses or imbalances that can predispose you to injury. Even if you aren’t regularly working out, you likely spend hours every day in one position, either at a desk, in a car, or otherwise seated. Over time aches and pains from sitting at a desk can accumulate, and become more difficult to deal with. Thankfully, stretching is easy to do for people of all abilities. Whatever your level of flexibility, stretching can improve your mood and loosen tight muscles. For a great place to start with stretching, check out this great animated visual by Sleep Advisor.
Last Post we shared an infographic that illustrated how big of a problem low back pain is. We can all do our part in improving the situation by changing our habits a little and by regularly doing some simple exercises and stretches. If you’re unsure of what the best exercises and stretches are to prevent low back pain, look no further than this helpful infographic. It includes 5 Stretches and 4 Exercises.
Sphinx (lumbar extension)
Hamstring floor stretch
Knee to chest
Knee rolls/spine stretch
While there are many other exercises and stretches that may fit the bill as well, this is a nice and simple introduction to a pretty safe place to start.
Perhaps you’ve struggled with low back pain before and think that you are in the minority. Or, you think that low back pain is rare and only happens to other people. Low back pain is actually a huge problem for all of us, either directly or indirectly. This insightful infographic points out some of the problems, causes, types, and more. It also includes some useful exercises to help prevent low back pain.
Yoga is very popular these days, and with good reason. There are many benefits from its regular practice. The following infographic illustrates many interesting facts around its popularity and growth, about your typical yogi, and more.
The 4 sections of the infographic are:
The Growing Industry of Yoga
Profile of the Yogi
Interesting Facts About Yoga
What is Pushing the Popularity of Yoga?
This info graphic is created by Djina from Strech.nl
Much has been made recently about how bad sitting is for you. It’s the new smoking, didn’t you know?
Well, standing all day has its problems too. Chances are you’ll have to spend part of your day sitting anyway. When you do sit, a good chair set up properly can save you from much of the ills of prolonged sitting.
Check out the informative infographic below that presents some facts about sitting and some solutions as well.