Spending time outdoors is pleasant and it can take your mind off the daily struggles for a while. But apart from having fun and hiking, you can use this time to do some useful activities that will help your body stay healthy. Back-strengthening activities are your chance to be adventurous while keeping your back in good condition. So, what are some outdoor activities that can help strengthen your back? Read on to find out!
1. Outdoor Yoga
Yoga can be a great way to stay healthy physically and mentally. At the same time, it can be used as a way to make your back stronger. You can do it whenever you have some free time and want to focus on yourself. Mornings are a great time for this since it’s all nice and quiet.
If you have a garden or there is a nice park nearby, you can try spending your time doing some yoga there. Practice some of the moves before you start implementing them in your routine, and you’ll see progress over time.
Swimming is great for back pain, and let’s be honest, it can also be a very fun activity to do outdoors. Since you’re in the water, there will be less pressure on your muscles and bones. So, all the movements you perform will help improve your muscles and in return, your back.
Besides, if you have any injury, swimming can serve as therapy. If you have a pool or know a place where you can go frequently to do some swimming, don’t hesitate to do it. Plus, it's a perfect outdoor exercise during summer!
3. Start Cycling
If you have a bike, it’s time to put it to some good use. Even if it’s hard to believe, cycling can actually help strengthen your back, despite being gentler on it. It allows you to stay in a nice, seated position, which will be more comfortable overall and will help those suffering from back pain. Also, it isn’t too stressful for your lower back. Be sure to get a bike that allows for proper posture, though!
4. Stark Hiking
Hiking is very useful in building muscle strength, and your back muscles can get stronger as a result. If you want to go on a long journey with your family and start camping, you might consider overlanding or hiking. If you make sure you’re choosing the best camping cot, have the right clothing, and have an emergency kit with you, this can be a wonderful experience.
Hiking will help strengthen your back especially if you also wear a backpack. Just make sure that the backpack you choose distributes weight evenly for good results. A good backpack will keep your spine safe.
5. Go for Walks
You can also improve your back strength by walking. Going for walks frequently can help strengthen your back muscles, and this activity is a recommendation for people who had spine surgery and are recovering. On top of strengthening the muscles, it also improves stability. You can also get some fresh air this way!
If you want strong back muscles, you need an active lifestyle. Choose one or more of the activities in this list for good results when it comes to improving back strength.
About the author: Evelin Weiss is an outdoor enthusiast, with great overlanding and extensive travel experience! She’s on the path to become an expert at some point.