If most of this year was spent dealing with aches and pains, aim to make 2016 a pain-free and healthy year. Next to the common cold, back pain sends more people to the doctor than any other condition. Create attainable, realistic resolutions this year that focus on health and wellness.
Add one or all of these New Year’s resolutions to your list and vow to have a healthier year while managing your aches and pains.
- Create a healthy, ergonomic workspace: As a society, we’re spending more and more time at the office. This means we’re putting ourselves at risk for injury if our workspace isn’t spine-friendly. 33% of work-related injuries are caused by poor workstation setup. Shoulder, neck, and back pain can be avoided with a proper ergonomic workspace. Resolve to have pain-free and productive days by creating a space that allows for movement, comfort, and flexibility.
- Make Sleep a priority: Did you get enough sleep in 2015? Chronic sleep loss can lead to serious health risks. This year, create a sleep environment that promotes relaxation and comfort. Invest in a supportive mattress and pillow to ensure you’re getting the best night sleep possible. Mood, cardiovascular health, and personal performance can improve with adequate, quality sleep.
- Be active: Maintaining a consistent workout routine can help prevent injuries, protect your spine, and help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day. Add exercises to your routine that strengthen the abdominal muscles. These muscles help support and protect your spine.
- Stretch Daily: Adding daily stretching into your routine allows for increased flexibility in spinal muscles, muscle tension relief, and increased blood flow. Whether your practicing simple stretching exercises or using inversion therapy, you’ll feel the benefits in your day-to-day activities.
- Hydrate: As we know, water helps with digestion and concentration but staying hydrating is also incredibly important for spinal health, injury prevention, and muscle recovery. This year, aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day.
- Unplug daily: Spend 30 minutes, an hour, or all evening, without your cell phone or computer. Take this time to relax and rest your eyes (away from a screen) after a long day. Read a book, go for a walk, or take a bath. You’ll feel less stressed and more relaxed. Unplugging before bed can also help you have a better night’s rest.