Chiropractors Recommend Physical Activity
Chiropractors recommend physical activity to a lot of their patients during rehabilitation and following a course of treatment. They will offer guidance and advice on which exercises to do and which to avoid. Chiropractic care embraces a preventative approach to healthcare and regular daily physical activity is something chiropractors strongly endorse.
Are We too Busy being Busy to Exercise
With recent news this week about the dangers of a sedentary but busy lifestyle reported on the BBC website a lot of people are asking themselves if they are moving around enough. Are they fitting enough formal exercise into their day or just plain busy. People are under the impression they are active and not sitting down all day. However, they are mislead and they quickly find they are not meeting the Uk government recommended guidelines for minimal daily exercise. Chiropractors recommend physical activity and endorse regular exercise for maintaining good health.
UK Government Physical Activity Guidelines
The UK Chief Medical Officer offers guidance on how much daily and weekly activity people should be doing. Minimal UK Government exercise goals are achievable and recommend that weekly activity should add up to at least 2½ hours of moderate intensity activity, which equates to approximately 30 minutes 5 days per week.
According to a survey from the British Heart Foundation 20 million people in Britain are physically inactive. They recommend making time to get active and not to put it off. The BHF analysis found that the average man in the UK spends a fifth of his lifetime sitting – equivalent to 78 days a year. For women, it is around 74 days a year.
Incorporating Daily Exercise and Physical Activity
Chiropractors recommend physical activity and by incorporating some exercise into our day is the solution. It could involve scheduling time specifically and getting up earlier for a half hour run, walk the dog or a gym session. Early birds won’t find this too much of a challenge but the night owls might prefer the later end of the day instead.
Simply aiming to get off the bus a stop earlier, park the car a little further away or allow time to walk locally between locations. All these options will tick the exercise box, just aim to raise the heartbeat for 10 to 20 minutes and you will know you are achieving your goal when you feel warmer and a little breathless. Choose a walking route that includes a hill or slope and notice how much less breathless you become over the course of a few short weeks. Progress will be noticeable with regular exercise sessions and rewards will be reaped quickly.
Moderate and Vigorous Exercise
Chiropractors recommend physical activity of all types and will recommend different levels of exertion depending on a patients stage of recovery. These range from moderate to vigorous types of physical activity.
Exercises which count as moderately exerting include walking at a fast pace, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, badminton, tennis, volleyball or netball.
More vigorous exercises include running and athletics, swimming, a fast bike ride up hills, football, rugby, skipping with a rope, hockey, aerobics and zumba, gymnastics, martial arts.
The Guardian Newspaper picked up on this health advice and offer a jaunty angle on some health guidelines for those who struggle more with motivation!
Always seek the advice and guidance of a medical professional before embarking on a new exercise regime.
Run a Marathon in a Month with the BHF
The British Heart Foundation has a new initiative for the month of May; Run a Marathon in a Month and they explain how it works on their website: “This May anyone can do a marathon. Run it, walk it, jog it or complete it in a way that’s a challenge for you. Clock up the miles over a few days, a couple of weeks or throughout the whole month. Whether it’s at the park, in the gym, or on the streets with friends – with MyMarathon you decide the pace and you decide the place.”
The charity is hoping more people take up the challenge this year to kickstart a more active lifestyle. Why not sign up for free and join in. Raising money for a worthwhile charity is an optional extra. The most important point is to get moving. Stop being busy and get busy.
Keep Mobile, Keep moving, Keep Active, Stay Well
Keep mobile, strong and supple with regular chiropractic checkups and an active lifestyle. Get in touch to talk through recent injuries, aches and pains, general advice or preventative chiropractic care with Leslie Budzynski Bournemouth Chiropractic Poole Road Medical Centre. There are plenty of happy patients who have attended the clinic ready to endorse chiropractic treatment for a healthy lifestyle.