walking poles

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough" (Og Mandino 1923-1996)
Although for me dancing is the best way of keeping mind and body fit and healthy, for anyone who has just chosen to make the move from couch potato to active mover, walking is the easiest way to begin.
When I was discharged from hospital 3 days after major spinal surgery, I was handed a sheet  on Activity Guidelines following Spinal Surgery. The message regarding exercise that I took away from my reading  was basically that walking, including using stairs, was the only exercise activity permissible until the 6 week follow up appointment ... and that it was really important to walk, a lot.
Sciatica to Samba Queen: Spinal Fusion to Dance Cruising Gillian Lockitch Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:16

I fell off a horse when I was 18. Following that injury, throughout my adult life I had chronic low back pain. Intermittently it would flare into acute episodes that were so severe that for several days at a time I could only lie down with a pillow under my knees, take heavy doses of anti-inflammatory medication and wait for the episode to be over.