Warm, sunny days are a great time to get outside and move while enjoying the relaxing mood of summer. Below are 4 low-impact, flexibility exercise ideas that can help keep your core strong and minimize back issues. Be sure to include a warm up and cool down as part of your exercise routine.
- Swimming or water classes — One of the most refreshing means to increase your activity level, water exercise can be very gentle on your joints.
- Biking — A good idea is to pick a route with flat terrain and only small hills, this will keep the impact low and reduce lower back strain.
- Yoga — An exercise class that often moves outside in the warm weather, yoga is an excellent way to increase flexibility and strength and combat neck or back pain.
- Exercise walking — Whether on trails, on a track or in your neighborhood, walking can be enjoyable. If you need extra support for your back or hips, you can use trekking poles to add stability.
Remember to wear sunscreen and to stay hydrated while exercising out in the heat and sun. A good rule of thumb is to drink 8-16 oz. of water per hour while outside and then double it if you are exercising. On very hot days be cautious and always pay attention to heat index warnings. Enjoy the summer!