Keep your weight under control for back pain prevention. You’re more likely to suffer from low back pain if you are overweight or obese, or quickly gain a significant amount of weight. Being overweight, especially in the mid-section, shifts your entire center of gravity forward and puts additional strain on your back muscles. Try to stay within 10 pounds of your ideal weight to avoid experiencing unnecessary back pain. To help you lose weight, here are some tips that will help you with that and hopefully keep back pain under control.
Relax And Unwind
Stress doesn’t just affect you mentally and emotionally, but also physically. It can spike the level of cortisol in the body and make you gain weight in your midsection. Not only that, there are people who resort to food or vices like alcohol drinking when they’re stressed which contributes to weight gain as well. So try not to dwell on your worries too much and take a breather every once in a while. Getting a massage is a great way to destress and sometimes, even as simple as sitting at the park while sipping your favorite coffee and just enjoying the view helps.
The human body is designed for movement, so going against that nature is bound to cause some health troubles. Not only can sitting for an extended period of time cause health issues, it also a reason why you might be struggling to shed pounds since insufficient physical activity leads to that. So even if you have a deskbound job, find ways to interrupt sitting or squeeze more exercise in your routine like taking the stairs to your office instead of the elevator. Because of this lifestyle, some people not only gain weight but also develop musculoskeletal conditions which can make losing weight even more difficult. If this is your case, better consult a chiropractor right away to address your condition accordingly which when treated can help you lose weight in the process.
Limit Your Smartphone Usage
People being on their phones are common nowadays but it doesn’t mean that it’s okay, especially health-wise. Not only that it distracts you from your food, which often makes you eat more mindlessly, it also makes you lose sleep. Sleep deprivation slows down your metabolism and makes you crave for unhealthy food during those low-energy days due not enough sleep. Learn to set boundaries even for yourself. You can use your phone, of course, but put it down when you’re eating or about to go to sleep.
Soak Up In The Sun A Little
Provided that you wear sunscreen all the time, that is. Being unexposed to sun entirely means not enough vitamin D, which is important for your everyday energy and mood. And we all know how mood affects our appetite right? So try to get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure early in the morning, when the sun isn’t too high up yet and soak up its benefits.
Going out is important to unwind, make friends, connect to the world and your health. But if you’re going to socialize, make sure you pick your crowd carefully. People who are proactive with their health naturally influences those who are around them just like how those who like to get wasted all the time tend to drag their close friends and family with them. This is why it’s crucial that you surround yourself with people you know will motivate you to be better, especially your health.
Adapt Healthier Eating Habits
Make it a conscious effort to feed your body with organic and fresh foods more, like fruits and vegetables. Not only that technology today is making things faster and easier, it has also lead to processed foods. Once in a while hotdogs or canned goods are fine, but living your life eating only those is bad news. Processed foods are packed with a lot of chemicals that are simply not just bad for your health but also make you gain more weight.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
When you find yourself reaching for another snack, more often than not, you’re not really hungry but thirsty. Drinking adequate amount of water helps suppress your appetite so you’re less likely to overeat. Aside from that hydration is important for your kidney to function properly which helps you easily burn the fat that you consume.
Ditch The Gym
I know, I know, this sounds odd but hear me out. You cannot deny that after exercising you tend to be very hungry and tired so you eat more to compensate on that because you either feel like you’ve earned it or overestimate how much you’ve burned. So I’m not saying stop exercising altogether but maybe listen to your body and rest if you’re way too tired so that you don’t end up overeating after to compensate.