If you suffer from lower back pain, you’re certainly not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States (just behind headaches), and Americans spend at least $50 billion a year on treating it. For most of you, bouts go away within a few days, but others may not be so lucky. The good news, though, is that lower back pain is completely avoidable. If you stick to the following tips, you can say goodbye to that nagging lower back for good.
All kinds of exercises can promote back pain recovery by improving circulation and reducing stress, but researchers from the University of Washington believe yoga may be the best. They say yoga eases lower-packpain faster than most conventional exercises because it promotes deep breathing and relaxation, as well as stretching and strength. Therefore, yoga can help you with both the emotional and structural triggers of backpain. You can find yoga classes everywhere—at gyms or local studios or you could even start a yoga group with friends at home. But be sure to consult your instructor who can help customize a plan that’ll work best for you and your back pain.
Stand Up To The Pain
Sitting puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing. So the more time you can spend on your feet, the less back pain you’ll have to endure. If you can’t avoid heavy doses of desk work, sitting back at a 135-degree angle—roughly the position you’d assume in a lounge chair—can reduce compression on the discs of your spine, and so alleviate pain.
Creating your Perfect Day Itinerary (PDI) may be one of the most powerful exercises you ever do for yourself, so make it count. I’ve coached many wandering entrepreneurs through this exercise, and most of them have told me it changed their lives. I wasn’t surprised—when I did it for the first time years ago, it literally set me up for creating the life I always envisioned and living it every day.
In this exercise, your job is to map out what your perfect day looks like along the path to achieving your vision. There are two parts to this exercise: the macro and the micro.
Part 1: The Macro Part
In this first part, you’ll figure out what your perfect day would look like at a general level. Not every day is going to be exactly the same.
Each day will look a little different depending on what happened the day before. It should look a little different; otherwise life would get boring and monotonous. Still, you want to have a broad sense of what each perfect day feels like. This starts with a series of questions:
Bananas are incredibly versatile fruits that can be used to make refreshing smoothies, add delicious flavor to a baked meal, or simply eaten on-the-go. That might explain why they are one of the world’s most popular fruits: Over 96 percent of households in the U.S purchase bananas at least once a month.
So we love eating bananas. But is this obsession good for us?
The research says yes. Bananas have a lot more going for them than simply an affordable price and sweet flavor. Studies indicate that the magic number is three–by eating three bananas per day, you provide your body with about 1500mg of potassium, and loads of health benefits.
So what exactly are the benefits?
Here are 10 amazing health benefits of eating bananas every day:
1. Bananas lower high blood pressure.
When people hear about aloe, they often will think immediately of the bottle of green gel that gets brought out every time someone has a sunburn. While aloe is indeed a fantastic topical aid, treating red and peeling skin isn’t the only purpose this incredible plant serves.
Having been used medicinally for thousands of years, aloe can be traced back to ancient Egypt where pictures of the plant appear on pyramids and alongside the Pharaohs buried within. Due to it’s ability to remedy so many maladies, aloe was once referred to as “the plant of immortality”. To this day the plant is often grown, purchased, and used to treat a wide variety of issues.
Let’s take a look at seven scientifically based benefits that this gift from nature can provide.