Spending decades leant over, tending to shrubbery and flowers, has left Alan Titchmarsh with a bad back. Do you have one too? Here’s what you can do about it.
Situated in Hampshire, with his beloved wife Alison, Alan is surrounded by nature.
At 71 years old, there could be no other place he’d rather be – especially when the grandchildren come over.
“I live in a spot which is beautiful and which I hope I’ve made more beautiful,” he told Wise Living Magazine earlier this year.
“Beautifying the earth on whatever scale is the most glorious privilege,” he continued.
Yet, with all that beauty, Alan has had to pay a price. “I get a bit of backache from 60 years of gardening,” he admitted.
However, his passion for horticulture hasn’t dwindled. “I’m in my garden every day when I’m not away,” he added.
“The problem is that when you love what you do, work is more fun than fun.”
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Beneficial exercises include the cat-cow pose, the cobra and the seated twist.
Position yourself on your hands and knees, then arch your back as far as it’s comfortable.
Your head should be leaning down towards the floor; the next step is to sink your back towards the grown in a U-shape.
This when your head then tilts upwards – video tutorials are available YouTube.
Low-impact activities, such as yoga, swimming and walking are good ways to ease back pain.
Core-strengthening activities can also help, as they work on the abdominal and back muscles.
Examples of core-strengthening activities include using bridge and planks to help support the back.
Exercise is one of the first steps to overcoming backspin; should symptoms persist, surgery may be considered.