Many back pain sufferers are hesitant to exercise because of the fear that activity will increase their pain. However, exercise and activity are essential parts of maintenance and healing for back problems. Being involved in sports or taking up a recreational activity not only provides a good time and a healthy workout, but specific activities and movements can assist in keeping your back flexible and strong.
Before you start any exercise program:
Always warm up before and cool down after an exercise session.
Wear the proper shoes and gear for the activity you will be participating in.
Not everyone likes to participate in the same activities, or maybe you want to try something new each day. Below are a few examples of some of the activities you can perform and how they will help strengthen your back.
bone strengthening and reduction in lost bone density
an improvement in posture and the mobility and flexibility of joints, ligaments and muscles
increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
optimizing blood supply to various parts of the body aiding in detoxification and nourishment
muscle strengthening and toning
strengthens the muscles that support the back without stressing the joints and discs
prevents an injured joint from further inflammation and general post-exercise back pain
pick the most comfortable stroke or perform gentle aerobic exercises
gentle low-impact workout without putting too much stress on the spine
avoid racing or drop handle bars because they are not back-friendly and should be avoided
strengthens major muscle groups to improve back support,
improves circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the muscles
helps strained muscles heal more quickly due to the improved circulation
increase strength and muscle tone
increase heart and lung efficiency
increase flexibility, mobility and coordination
creates a solid foundation and provides support for your back
allows for better posture
helps strengthen your back muscles