How Can Exercise Prevent Lower Back Pain?

Back pain is a universal health issue virtually all of us will face at some point. It can be caused by all kinds of reasons, from a sudden strain to a condition such as arthritis, or even stress or poor diet. There are plenty of great short-term solutions for getting rid of back pain as it occurs, but wouldn’t you prefer to get rid of back pain altogether so it’s hardly a problem in your life — if it ever happens at all? If you want to avoid a future where you’re constantly popping pain pills and skipping out on events due to back pain, you’ll want to start taking preventative action as soon as possible

How Movement Benefits Your Long-Term Health

Exercise is great for your health, but you knew that already. Initially, it may seem contradictory to view movement as an effective way to prevent an issue that tends to make movement hurt more. To be clear, you don’t need to become an expert rock climber or rowing champion to get the right amount of exercise in your life. You simply need to make some adjustments to your lifestyle so you’re not being too sedentary. When the body isn’t exercised enough on a regular basis, it’s easier for the joints and soft tissues to become susceptible to inflammation and stiffness over time. 

So how can you find the balance between getting the right amount of exercise and movement into your daily routine without overworking your back muscles? It would be great to hit the gym for alternating cardio and weight training workout sessions for at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week. If this isn’t an option, try instead to prevent yourself from sitting in one position for long periods throughout the day.

If you work in an office, invest in a standing desk, or get up and stretch at least once an hour to make sure your back muscles aren’t becoming too stiff and rigid. Also, be sure to align your work station so it fits your ergonomic needs. For example, your computer screen should remain at eye level, so you don’t have to strain your neck or shoulder muscles to see it properly. 

Relying on foreign items such as medications and back braces may bring temporary comfort and solutions, but ultimately, the best way to prevent back pain is by getting enough exercise without straining yourself. 

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