There’s no avoiding it; with age can come a whole host of new challenges, and with them seemingly random aches and pains. Fingers and joints may become sore after mundane chores, and physical undertakings that once brought joy now result in discomfort. It can be easy to become discouraged away from participating in activities that bring on these symptoms, but fortunately, there are methods readily available to help put the spring back in your step.
Is It My Posture?
For years, posture has been maligned as being a cause of everything from back pain to heart disease. However, the research has shown that posture is not nearly as important as most people think it is. The larger culprit is lack of movement and activity. If you sit at a desk all day, or lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, it’s important to take time to move throughout the day. This might mean going for a walk during lunch, outside if possible, or just around the office for 10 minutes. It can be as simple as standing up every 45 minutes and doing some stretches in a variety of directions. Bottom line, there’s not often a “wrong” way to move or a way that’s significantly better than another. Do what you enjoy. Do what makes you feel good. And most importantly, as the Nike slogan says, “Just Do it!”
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Throughout the course of a day, it can be relatively easy to become dehydrated. We distracted with what we’re doing or don’t realized how much time has passed. By the time we’re thirsty, we’re already a little dehydrated. While the exact number is up for debate, as a general rule, drinking 8 cups (8 fluid ounces) of water a day is recommended. This can include things like coffee and tea, but water is best and juice and soda are not recommended due to the high sugar content.
When it comes to having enough fluids, an ounce of prevention will always be worth a pound of cure.
Get Some Sleep
For those who try and maximize every minute of their day, going to sleep can seem like a productivity killer. After all, time spent awake can be time spent doing life’s many important tasks. Sleep, however, plays an important role in helping your body recover from exercises and the rigors of the day. A lack of sleep can lead to feelings of lethargy, problems concentrating, and an overall feeling of malaise. Try to get as much sleep as possible by avoiding caffeinated beverages in the late afternoon and evening, and minimizing use of your smart phones and tablets an hour before bedtime due to the blue light exposure which affects your ability to get into the necessary stages of deep sleep. Your body will thank you.
Should, after following these tips, you still feel like you’ve lost that spring in your step, give Virginia Center for Spine and Sports Therapy a call for a consultation. You’ll be feeling like your old self in no time!