Exercise is an important component in leading a healthy lifestyle, and people with spinal deformities can reap the benefits of engaging in regular, physical activity. When starting a new exercise plan, there are a few guidelines that individuals with spinal problems should follow.
Do Get Medical Clearance
Before starting an exercise regimen, people with conditions such as kyphosis, scoliosis, spondylosis or other malformations of the spinal column should have a thorough physical examination, preferably by a spine surgeon or a doctor who specializes in orthopedics. The physician, along with a trained physical therapist, can prescribe a tailor-made program for patients that can help them attain fitness while protecting the vertebral column.
Don’t Push Beyond Your Limits
The human body is very adept at sending warning signals when physical activity is pushing its systems close to the danger zone. People who are experiencing discomfort during activity should stop and cool down.
Do Try a Gentle Approach
Lifting heavy weights and putting the body through rigorous, high-impact exercises, such as running, can cause instability of an already compromised spine. Fitness programs that incorporate fluid movements and core strengthening through practices such as yoga or tai chi are an excellent way to build the body’s core without putting the vertebral column in danger.
Don’t Forget to Drink Water
Physical activity can quickly deplete the body of water and essential minerals, especially when individuals exercise in hot and humid environments. It is extremely important to drink fluids before, during and after working out in order to keep the body properly hydrated. People who wait to drink until they feel thirsty have already let themselves get too dehydrated. Being low on fluids can quickly diminish a person’s energy level.
Do Nourish Your Body Well
In order to build healthy muscles, the body needs important nutritional components such as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Foods that provide healthy fuel and enhance muscle growth include:
- Lean meats such as chicken and fish
- Eggs, nuts and legumes
- Dark, green leafy vegetables
- Whole grain breads and rice
Interested in learning more about spinal health? Call (310) 828-7757 and schedule an in-person consultation with a physician at The Spine Institute in Beverly Hills. Our team of experienced physicians and spine surgeons can help you understand possible treatment options, including minimally invasive spine surgery or more conservative methods, and get you on a path to a more comfortable life.