Cardio for Scoliosis & Spinal Fusion

Cardio can be tricky to throw yourself into when you’re feeling delicate, but the benefits are huge. Building trust with your trainer and ensuring to do modified exercise is key with scoliosis and spinal fusion. Today we’re looking at the benefits of low-impact HIIT for Scoliosis and Spinal fusion.

Why is Cardio important?

There are so many wonderful benefits of cardiovascular exercise, some of my favourites are:

  • Improved sleep
  • Stronger heart and reduced risk of heart disease
  • Lower stress levels
  • Expanded lung capacity
  • Improved confidence in your body’s ability

How can I workout safely with scoliosis or spinal fusion?

We wanted to provide our low-impact HIIT classes to give you the opportunity to feel these benefits in a safe way. Omitting jumping, running on the spot and burpees help avoid that ‘jolt’ we often feel when exercising – this doesn’t mean you can’t feel the muscles working! We absolutely get a sweat on in class, just keeping one foot on the floor at all times.

I know it can be daunting to try something cardio based, a lot of us have experience high intensity classes that leaves our backs feeling rather delicate. But it is so important to get moving when you have scoliosis. The improvements in sleep, stress and body confidence are key to supporting your emotional rehabilitation post diagnosis or surgery, and the physical benefits are important to look after the other bits of your body than just your spine.

We have to be sensible and we don’t recommend even low impact exercise without surgeon sign off. It’s important your instructor has a really strong understanding of that – just like our lovely Hope.

Have you been asked to get moving following your diagnosis or surgery? If so we are here to guide you through safe and effective exercise for scoliosis. Drop us an email at info@buildbreathe.co.uk or fill in the below form and we’ll get back to you asap.

Emily Hale