Category: Back Pain, Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: September 24, 2015
As fall approaches, the days get shorter and colder, and Minnesotans start to hunker down for winter. This typically means less time spent outdoors. But there are many wonderful fall activities that one can partake in. This article will offer four great spine-friendly activities for the fall that will keep you active while avoiding back pain.
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your spine if you have back pain. For many people, the first instinct is to lie down when they have back pain, but this will only exacerbate the pain. Getting up and moving around will cut the pain and boost your mobility. On top of that, autumn is just about the best time to go hiking in Minnesota. The leaves turn to gorgeous colors and the air is brisk.
There are numerous apple orchards around the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area that allow visitors to come in and pick apples for a fee. It’s a fun activity for the whole family that provides moderate exercise and some delicious treats that you can use to make apple pie, apple sauce, and other healthy (or not so healthy) goodies. Finally, make sure not to use ladders and to get assistance with those higher-up apples if you go apple picking.
Corn mazes are another fun family activity perfect for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Walking through the maze offers mild exercise that will keep your back happy.
Fall is the season of football. Get out with some friends and through the pigskin around, or get a game together. Make sure you play touch football instead of full contact if you don’t have the proper safety gear on.
These are just a few of many activities to partake in around Minnesota this fall. Keep your spine in mind while you’re out and about this autumn and don’t hesitate to contact a spine specialist if you have any questions!