Back pain is a topic that many of us are very familiar with. Either we have experienced it ourselves, or we have heard our friends and family talk about it. When people do start experiencing back pain, some of them just assume that there is nothing they can do about it. They accept the years of pain without trying to find a solution. However, back pain does not have to be inevitable. Read on to find out more about keeping your spine protected as you age.
As we age, it is true that the discs in our backs will start to degenerate. There is not much that we can do to stop the natural processes of life. However, there are several ways that you can minimize this degeneration as much as possible. For instance, if you are overweight, or if you smoke, the process of disc degeneration will be accelerated. As well, if your daily activities are overly strenuous on your spine, this will not be beneficial to you.
Strengthening your core muscles is a method that you could start doing. Aerobics, bending forward, and bending backwards are common stretches that are used to improve posture. Be careful if you do not stretch regularly, because your body will not be used to it. Get into the habit slowly, and try something a little bit tougher each day. Eventually, your body will strengthen itself.
Mattresses have the ability to support your body as you sleep, and a change might be needed for you. More supportive mattresses are typically better quality, and therefore will be more expensive. However, your posture will improve after utilizing a supportive mattress. Overall, your spinal health can be at least somewhat corrected. If you are unsure about the correct mattress type for your specific needs, try consulting a specialist. Or you could ask your doctor about what they would recommend for you.
Lifting heavy objects can take a toll on your spine and posture. Typically, the rule of thumb is that you should avoid lifting objects that are more than 25% of your body weight. If you are required to lift repeatedly at work, try changing your job around. Money certainly is important, but it is not worth running your health over.
Just because you are getting older, does not mean that you need to give up on maintain your health. In fact, it is more important than ever to stay healthy as you enter your retirement. Then you will be able to enjoy your life, and spend time with friends, children and grandchildren. Slowing disc degeneration, doing stretches, buying a better mattress, and avoiding putting stress on your spine are good methods that you can try out. Maybe one method will work for you while the others do not. This is why it is important to keep trying, in the hopes of finding a way of keeping your spine healthy.
I am sure most grandpas like me want to make the most of the precious family time they can get to spend with their grandchildren to develop a close bond with them. These times are the most valuable, aren’t they?
The problem is, how do we cope up with these lovable creatures? After 50, we are starting to have problems that come in the way between us and them. We have to make sure that we are physically and mentally ready to do so, and it starts with taking care of our body, and especially our mind.
In my case, I do brain exercises to keep me mentally sharp and alert. Here are some brain workouts that I regularly do:
1. I do math in my head – I try to figure out numbers without the aid of calculators or computers. I don’t always get the right answer, but I worked my brains out!
2. I like problem-solving – I have a lot of board games that I play with my grandchildren, such as scrabble, puzzles, Sudoku, and others, to stimulate my skill.
3. I keep my brain hormones balanced – I get into the sun more often and I get more vitamin D outdoors. I just started my vegetable garden last week.
4. I try to be creative even if I’m not – Painting and arts are fun hobbies and mental aerobics. They make me think and at the same time improve my handiness and skills.
5. I never cooked in my life – I took cooking classes to be able to use a lot of senses together – smell, touch, sight, and taste. I loved Chinese takeout and cakes, so I learned how to bake and how to cook Chinese dishes.
6. I read a lot! – Books, newspapers, and magazines, I read them all! They engage my brain all the time.
7. I am a computer geek! – Not really, but with the help of my grandchildren, I play with thousands of free games online to help build my skills.
8. Social activities – I always enjoy going out with my family and with my grandchildren, or even with old friends.
9. Do you imagine? – When you use your imagination, you exercise your brain. I imagine a lot of things like winning the lottery, going to the moon, etc.
10. Doing crazy things – I exercise my mind with crazy things, like doing things with eyes closed, using the other hand to write, etc. because they enhance my five senses.
I know I want to develop lasting relationships with my grandchildren, and the only way is to keep my body and my mind fit.
I combine physical and mental exercises, achieving healthy body and mind and at the same time having fun and enjoying with them at the same time.
At our age, we can exercise our brain by doing different kinds of stimulating brain exercises alone or together with our grandchildren. These mind games will enhance our minds, help counteract boredom and inactivity, and keep our minds sharp and alert! You don’t want to bore the grandchildren, do you?