Move more every day for a healthy you
It doesn’t matter how old you are, one of the best things you can do to get healthy, feeling better and to have a long and active pain-free life is to move more.
Osteopaths can provide information, advice and education to help you help yourself to manage your pain and injury appropriately and to improve your general health and wellbeing.
The benefits of moving more:
- Improves mood
- Reduces stress
- Improves brain function
- Helps breathing and heart function
- Improves motor function
- Improves balance
- Strengthens body
Science-based pain interventions
Every person’s response to pain is different.
Your osteopath will help you to understand which slice of the pie is most appropriate and important in your healthcare. Depending on your personal circumstances, injury or complaint, each slice of this pie will be bigger or smaller, and your osteopath will guide and support you to manage your pain based on what is best for you.
Seven things you can do to move more every day
- On the phone? Walk and talk.
- Step it up. Resist. Leave the lift behind. Take the stairs
- Got a meeting? Meet to walk.
- Off to work? Get off one stop early.
- Going shopping? Park far away.
- Downtime in front of the telly? Tune in and tone up. Exercise and stretch while you tune in to your favourite show.
- Be upstanding. Do the 40:15:5. Sit for 40 minutes. Stand for 15 minutes. Move for 5 minutes. Every hour. Make every minute count.
Standing orders. Get it right
Whether you are in the company office or your home office, and whether you are sitting or standing, it is important to get your workstation set up right for you. Getting it right for each individual can help to prevent or manage musculoskeletal conditions.
Exercise right. Top tips when trying to lose weight.
- Understand your body’s limitations to prevent injury
- Take it slow. Take it easy. Make it a lifestyle change, not a ‘quick fix’
- Make sure you wear the correct supportive footwear for your exercise
- Stretch before and after exercise
- Start with low-grade exercises, such as walking or water aerobics regularly for 30 to 60 minutes, while making key dietary issues such as reducing alcohol intake and eating smaller meals
- Increase your flexibility by stretching and perhaps even yoga
- Enjoy it! The more you enjoy exercising, the more likely you are to stick with it and reach your personal weight loss and exercise goals
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy involves clinical care of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, which is made up of the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements.