Back problems – 5 reasons why cycling helps in the office
As a PhD student, I had back problems a few years ago. I did sport regularly, but that was not enough to counter the constant sitting whilst studying at university. Sometimes it hurt up between my shoulder blades, sometimes I felt it in the lumbar region. I suffered from pain at regular intervals. Treatment with the ostheopath helped me to get rid of the worst back problems, but I wasn’t saved yet. It was 2013 and when I was in my late twenties I didn’t want to put up with back pain for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I went on a long bike trip just that summer. At the beginning I still felt tension in my back, but with each passing day the problems subsided more and more, until they finally disappeared completely. Subconsciously, I had done just the right thing. It was only after my bike trip that I understood how good cycling was for my back.
#1 Vitalize intervertebral discs and avoid back problems
By moving my legs and hips, I mobilized my spine and avoided static strain. Intervertebral discs have to be strained and relieved alternately so that they are supplied with nutrients and stay alive. This is exactly what happens when cycling when the spine is mobilised. In the office, on the other hand, the spine is hardly mobilized when sitting. It is statically strained. Any kind of static strain is detrimental for our body and inevitably leads to problems.
#2 Strengthening back muscles to prevent back problems
With the asymmetrical movements of my legs, I trained the supporting muscles around the spine. The supporting muscles are essential to protect the spine from injuries and to maintain an upright posture. Especially when sitting (in the office), the supporting muscles are hardly challenged and recede. It can then neither take over its protective function nor keep the torso upright. If the back muscles are too weak, the spine is stressed unnaturally and wears out faster. Problems will inevitably arise.
# 3 Avoid tension and cramps
Mental and physical strain can lead to muscle tension and spasms. As a rule, these tensions act as a protective function for the body. For example, if you put the wrong strain on your back, your muscles will immediately tense and maintain that tension. This tension stabilizes your posture and protects you from worse injuries. Sometimes this tension lasts longer and leads to muscle pain. Here, too, cycling helps because active movement makes you more relaxed and less stressed. You are more resistant (and more resilient) to stress.
# 4 Generally strengthening the vitality of the back
Whilst cycling, you activate your cardiovascular system: blood circulation is enhanced. This brings more nutrients to cells in the body and metabolic waste products are more easily removed. The vitality of the entire body and of course the back is strengthened.
# 5 Cycling in the office protects against accidents
Wolfgang, one of our active readers, drew my attention to this fifth point. When cycling in the office, no accidents can happen. You neither slip away on wet ground, like he has done, nor can you get hit by a car. You avoid unnecessary dangers when cycling in the office.
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