There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our regular routines. For many of us, it’s changed how we spend our free time, where we work, and for some, it put exercise and movement in general at the bottom of our list of priorities. We understand your struggles and how important it is to stay active during these uncertain times, especially now that wintertime is upon us!
6 Reasons Why Movement is Medicine:
1) Low Back Pain Relief
Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints affecting 60–80% of all adults at least once during their lifetime. Exercise, especially core strengthening, is very useful in improving the function of your back.
2) Bone Health Improvement
Studies have shown that aerobic and resistance exercise consistently improves the daily functional ability of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Current evidence indicates that exercise can increase bone density and decrease falls and associated fractures in the elderly.
3) Mental Health Improvement
Feeling anxious, stressed or moody because of social isolation? Physical exercise positively affects the long-term management of psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and chronic stress!
4) Diabetes (type 1 and 2) Management
Researchers worldwide have found that regular exercise, along with dietary changes, can help manage diabetes types 1 and 2.
5) Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Studies have shown that exercise lessens your risk of developing heart disease because it helps reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in the body (both play a role in damaging your arteries). There is evidence that aerobic exercise in patients with stroke positively affects walking speed and function.
6) Obesity Prevention
Physical training reduces fat mass and counteracts muscle mass loss during dieting. Did you know that muscle tissue burns calories even when you’re at rest? Strong evidence exists that physical activity is essential for maintaining body weight after weight loss.
Don’t let this pandemic slow you down. Make movement a part of your daily routine! Chiropractors work with patients to provide the right type of exercises to prevent and treat musculoskeletal conditions.
Source: British Colombia Chiropractic Association