Walking can be one of the best things that you can do to help get yourself moving and rehabilitating yourself from back pain that you’re suffering. One of the things that we say in the practice or the tips that we recommend is that if someone comes in with an acute low back problem and they’re struggling to move around once you’re up on your feet again and you’re able to walk then that’s what we really try to encourage.
However you can overdo it. What we want you to do is be up and moving and walking around for 10 or 15 minutes in every hour. This especially applies for the people that are sitting down, who’ve got a desk based job.
Now, one of the things that you can do is set your alarm for 50 minutes or a timer for 50 minutes. You leave it in another room or across the other side of the room when that alarm goes off after 50 minutes, that’s your cue to get up and move around.
If your phone is next to you, you just snooze it and ignore it. But if it’s making a noise and a racket and distracting you and it’s on the other side of the room you’ll get up and you do your walking and you can just move up and down the house. If you want to go out into the garden, go outside, whatever you like. But 10 minutes in every hour or 15 minutes, if you’re feeling good enough.