If you're out for a run and you suddenly feel twinges in your back, your first instinct may be to stop and stretch. That could help, but an even better way to prepare is to build useful exercises into your routine for regular, consistent strength. Some completely different types of training might also help you develop the muscles you need to ward off pain.
There are obviously several possible sources of back pain out there, but use these ideas to get started:
- Extend your back: This should seem logical, since it's your back where the pain is coming from in the first place. There are different versions of this exercise, too, including some you can perform on your belly without equipment, so consider it as a useful option in your toolkit, especially if you can't make it to a gym.
- Get flexible: Stretching, bending and extending your limbs may help you develop a more comfortable workout. A lot of the techniques you use can come from the same basic ideas of dynamic muscle movement.
- Jog healthily: Jogging itself can actually be helpful for reducing back pain, but you want to be sure you aren't aggravating any existing sources of discomfort. Depending on what the cause is, you may be best suited to a workout that exercises multiple parts of your body at once, as jogging often will.
- Take it slow: Some lower-stress aerobic exercises could be the best order for you if your pain is severe and you want to keep the tension relatively low. You can try some of the easier cardio moves you'd do normally at a gentler pace to reduce possible harm.
Lower back pain doesn't have to prevent you from running. Contact Bronston Chiropractic or our Medical Division Community Care Clinic today for medical help.