FIVE S.T.E.P.S. TO A HEALTHIER BACK

As spring gets into full swing we want to get out and be more active again, walking, sprucing up the garden and tackling all those DIY jobs which have been waiting over the winter.

But it’s all too easy to let enthusiasm get the better of us and overdoing things can lead to stiff, sore, aching backs.

Backs were designed for moving, but they need a little TLC, so make sure you Mind Your Back with Mentholatum’s five simple S.T.E.P.S. which cost little in time and even less in equipment!

  • Stretch – five easy to follow stretches to help ease tight back muscles and keep you mobile.
  • Therapy – when life gets in the way and you can’t fit in all the S.T.E.P.S. use hot or cold therapy to ease the aches and pains
  • Exercise – go for a walk, a swim or a cycle ride, just start slowly and build up gradually
  • Posture – could you draw a straight line between your ear, shoulder and hip when sitting down or ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle when standing? No? Then it’s time to pay attention to posture
  • Strengthen – five more exercises, this time to strengthen your core muscles and help prevent back pain. A strong core means a stronger back.

You can do your stretches anywhere at any time, no need for special equipment or the full-on Lycra-clad gym experience. Just listen to your body and take it slowly at the start, never over-extending or pushing yourself too hard and stop at once if you feel any pain.

Back care’s a step-by-step marathon, not a sprint!

You’ll find more information and videos featuring yoga instructor Celeste Pereira showing the five S.T.E.P.S. at

www.mindyourbackuk.com

 

*Before starting, check that there is no medical reason why the exercises may not be suitable for you. They are not suitable for people who have a serious back injury or an underlying health condition.