Clinical guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Health Care Excellence) recommend exercise and stretching as part of the treatment for musculoskeletal problems, especially low back pain. NICE suggest those between 19 and 64 should do the following each week:
150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, and
Strength exercises on 2 or more days a week
Here are some great ways of maintaining health over the summer:
1. Walking: London is great for walking and it’s also a great way to see the city – try walking along the canals. There are great walks from Stratford to Limehouse or along the Regents canal.
2. Cycling: With the increased number of cycle lanes, travelling around London has never been easier. If you don’t have a bike then grab a Santander cycle starting £2 a day. Take advantage of traffic free roads during “Freecycle” this August.
3. Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Classes: South London is awash with Yoga and Pilates studios, however summer is a great time to get Al Fresco! This year sees the rise of rooftop yoga including classes held at the top of the Shard and the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie. Bootcamps are all over London and are a fun way to exercise regardless of your ability.
4. Swimming: On the sunniest days this summer, London has some great outdoor pools including Hampstead ponds and Lidos in Brockwell, London Fields and Tooting Bec.
5. Competitions: For those who like to push themselves a little, London has some great events and competitions. The London Triathlon takes place on the 27th & 28th July in the Docklands area for those who like to swim, run and cycle. Early in August the Ride 100 will take you on a 100 mile journey through London and the Surrey Countryside.
What if you can’t exercise?
Before you get moving make sure that you are able to exercise safely by seeking advice from your GP or registered health practitioner, especially if you are taking medication or are currently injured. Osteopaths and physiotherapists can help if:
- you are injured and unable to exercise
- you are not injured but you are unable to move as freely as you want to
- you want to further your fitness and improve your strength and movement
10-11 Dock Offices
Surrey Quays Road
and other clinics in Stratford and Wapping
t: 0203 606 0490