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Keeping physical health in top condition is important to everyone. Motivated to lose weight, improve posture, fuel athletic performance, maintain vitality and stamina until later in life, or just enhance overall wellbeing, most people search for ways in which they can do something about their health.

Here are five top tips to keep your body in shape, prevent injury, boost flexibility, and invest in your physical and mental welfare for years to come.

1. Keep an eye on your posture
This is easier said than done. Most people know that they don’t sit, walk or drive in an optimally balanced position, but under the stress of daily life, they forget about the common culprits that can distort a good posture. Break down your 8-hour of sedentary office lifestyle with some movement and stretching exercises. Stand up, go for a stroll or just walk to the water cooler if you’re not allowed to go far. There are stretching exercises you can do at your desk. Beware of repetitive motions if your work demands it – do exercises to counterbalance the continuous effort. Driving can also make your spine suffer. It’s important to set your car seat right and do frequent breaks if you take long trips.

2. Connect exercise and fun
Exercise is beneficial for all ages. Even if you are in your senior years, doing regular exercise can help you remain independent, help your bone health, reduce chronic pain, and prevent common injuries that happen due to age-related degenerative illnesses. To stick to your exercise routine, find something that is fun. It doesn’t have to be a strict program, as long as it is something that brings you joy. Consult with your practitioner about the best exercise program, explore doing a course of clinical Pilates, especially if you suffer from a particular illness that requires careful movement.

3. Relieve mental stress
Mental stress and physical stress are correlated. More and more people understand that being in a great physical condition is impossible without mental balance, and vice versa. If you take care of one aspect, the other aspect of stress will benefit, too. Mindfulness exercises are helpful for keeping your mental wellbeing in check. Stretching is important, too, as muscles, joints, tendons, and soft tissues around them are known to accumulate stress.

4. Remember to do your periodical health checkups
Preventive care solves many small issues before they grow into something bigger and chronic. If you adhere to the scheduled visits at your GP or physiotherapist’s office, you will recognise a problem in the early stages before it gets too severe. It’s no good to suffer in silence as many people do only because they think the pain will go away or because they gradually get used to it.

5. Don’t neglect back pain
Back pain is so common, that almost 70 to 90 percent of Australians will face it once in a lifetime. It’s important to act on back pain sooner rather than later because the issue can progress and worsen in time or because it can be a sign of a more serious musculoskeletal condition that may require prolonged treatment or surgery if left untreated.

Taking control of your weight with a well-balanced diet also helps ease down the pressure on your muscles and bones. Incorporate these simple tips into your lifestyle and you will see the benefits of them soon enough.