Kids cause a lot of problems. A once clean and tidy home is forever messy once kids arrive on the scene, they take up a lot of your hard earned money and you can say goodbye to a lie in for a long time. But kids can also indirectly cause back pain. Whether it’s picking them up and putting them down 100 times a day or having to carry all the shopping bags in one go cause you can’t take your eye off them, back pain is bound to happen to most parents, unless you act against it. We’ve laid out some great tips to avoiding back pain, letting you focus on the little ones.
One of the best ways to protect your back is to make it stronger. Do this by exercising as much as is possible with kids to look after. Some easy ways of exercising your back is by walking, cycling and swimming, particularly the backstroke (obviously). If you want to really boost your back power try doing dead lifts, which are great for your lower back, and pull ups, which work your upper back. Remember when lifting weights the technique is more important than how much you’re lifting. This goes for lifting every day lifting, always bend your knees and hips, don’t bend your back.
Not only does a good posture make you look and feel more confident, but it also helps to avoid back pain, as an unnatural posture can place strain on your back. Being stuck sitting at a desk all day is another cause of back pain, prevent this by taking a short break from sitting every 30 minutes, and while you’re on you feet get practising good posture.
Smoking is a possibly surprising cause of back pain, but it slows down circulation which reduces the flow of nutrients to muscles, damaging tissue in areas like the lower back. Eating healthier will also help tackle the back pain, by losing excess fat and strengthening your muscles.
Stress is a major cause of back pain, and while it’s impossible to be a stress-free parent, there are some things you can do. Taking up yoga will have a double effect as it will reduce your stress levels while also exercising your back. And don’t forget to check your bed is providing you with the correct support. It could be causing you back pain and also stressing you out with lack of a good night’s sleep.
Of course some professional help is always good to have, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s lots of great deals on chiropractors that will help with pain, mobility and posture, with some also offering massages to give you total relaxation.
With kids it can be hard to find time for yourself, but back pain isn’t something to be avoided. Try out some of our suggestions above and see how you feel, your back will thank you for it.