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Expert tips on dealing with back ache

Worried about your spine's health? Here is what you need.

Long work hours and weight gain are the prime reasons behind back ache. And if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are putting your spine in even more trouble. But you can prevent your back and improve your spinal health with a few simple changes in your routine. According to Dr Neha Narula, Senior Spine Specialist, Qi Spine Clinic, yoga, diet and exercises are the keys for a healthy back. You can lower your risk of spinal problems with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Yoga asanas like sahaja navasana (the easy boat pose) or utthita sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand) are known to improve muscle flexibility and strengthen the spine.

Aerobic exercises help you prevent spinal problems. If aerobics is not your cup of tea, you can even swim or walk to boost stamina and strengthen your body. But before you start with any form of exercise, ensure you are physically fit. If you suffer from a health condition, it is recommended to take a professional advice. Exercising daily for 20 25 minutes can prevent the occurrence of back pain.

Diet also plays a key role in preventing spinal problems. It is a known fact that whatever we eat gets stored in the body. If you eat a healthy diet rich in fibre and antioxidants, your body is healthy and functions optimally. This in turn prevents you from putting on weight. On the other hand, if you eat junk food, you feel lethargy due to high-calorie intake. You also tend to eat more as you don t feel satiated, which in turn causes weight gain. This causes obesity, which is one of the reasons that can put you at risk of back pain and spinal problems. So the key for a healthy back and spine is to eat healthy and exercise .

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