Now, we’ll discuss how summer can help those with back pain. Mainly, it’s the perfect time of year to engage in appropriate outdoor exercises to rehabilitate your back.
Strong core body muscles, low-impact aerobic exercises, and regular stretching are all key to keeping back pain at bay.
Most types of exercise can be done year-round, but the sunlight and green grass of summer can be great encouragement to get out and make the best of a pleasant day. Plus, the warm weather and nice scenery can increase feelings of well-being and decrease stress and anger in a way the inside of a gym may not be able to.
4 summer exercise ideas
Here are some suggestions of how summer can give your exercise routine a boost:
- Swimming and water therapy
Consider the summer a time to get out to your local lakes, rivers, and outdoor pools for swimming and water exercise, which tend to be especially gentle exercise for your joints and back.
For many with low back pain, biking is a good low-impact form of exercise that is gentle on the lower back.
- Yoga and tai chi
Yoga and tai chi are excellent low-impact activities for those with back or neck pain. In the summer, classes are often held in parks or on beaches.
- Exercise walking
Parks, woodlands, or new neighborhoods are all new places you can explore by taking summer walks a few times a week. If walking is hard on your hips or lower back, consider adding trekking poles to your walking routine.
Safety tips for summer activity
It is especially important to stay hydrated when exercising in the summer. Drink 1 to 2 cups of water per hour to replenish your fluid level while outside. Drink an additional 1 to 2 cups per hour if you are actively exercising, even if it is swimming.
It’s also important to prevent injury by including a 10-minute warm up and cool down as part of any workout. Warm up with light aerobic activity and cool down with stretching.