Exercise and Back Pain

My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit. – Phyllis Diller

With the majority of people experiencing some form of back pain in life an exercise program that assists in the strength and flexibility of the back will be highly beneficial.

It can help to reduce or eliminate back pain, or for those who have never suffered with back problems, it might be all that is needed to ensure that back pain won’t be a part of your life.

There are various exercises that can help with the strength and flexibility of the back.

If you are already suffering from back pain it is best to consult with your doctor first as some of these back-strengthening exercises can aggravate a back that is already inflamed.

There are some excellent programs available now that target core strength training which assists in the support of the spine and the back muscles.

People with weak abdominal muscles will be more susceptible to back pain because the abdominals offer most of the core strength to the body.

There are some basic and effective abdominal exercises that will help to strengthen the abdominals and the best of those are exercises performed on the Swiss ball (which is a very cost effective fitness item), leg raises to the chest while supported in an upright position with your arms, and an abdominal wheel where you roll the wheel along the floor using the strength in your abdominals to maintain control and return to your starting position.

Fortunately all of these core-training exercises don’t require expensive apparatus and are highly effective without the need for weight machines.

Initially core training can seem extremely difficult, especially for those people who have never worked their abs before, but progress is usually quite rapid if it is done on a regular basis and it soon becomes a lot easier to bear once you gain some strength in those muscles.