While many people know that exercise is good for your fitness and weight, many are unaware that exercise can also improve your spinal health. Having a healthy, strong back can reduce back pain and prevent injury.
There are three main types of exercise (aerobic, stretching and strengthening) that can improve your overall back health.
Aerobic exercise is ideal for increasing your general fitness. By engaging in regular aerobic exercise your back will experience regular activity that increases your circulation that works to improve your spinal support.
Some examples of low impact aerobic exercise are:
You can easily add aerobic exercise into your everyday routine. Parking your car further away from work, taking the stairs or even walking to pick up your kids from school are all ways you can increase your aerobic exercise without even really trying.
This form of exercise is designed to increase and maintain your flexibility, allowing you to move your body the way it is supposed to. Full range of motion in your back, limbs and neck may seem like something we all should have, yet many of us are not flexible enough at all. Simple stretching techniques can assist you in improving your range of motion as well as maintaining it at a recommended level. Stretching your lower back can improve blood flow to avoid injury, as well as improve your motion and alleviate pain.
Lower Back Stretch:
Keeping your abdomen and back strong is the best way to keep your spine stable and your posture straight. Stronger muscles in these areas will ensure that you are not overcompensating and causing pain in other areas. Abdominal curls, leg lifts and pelvic tilts are just a handful of exercises you can do to help strengthen these areas and reduce the stress on your spine.