Did you know 38 percent of adults reported back pain affected their ability to exercise in 2012, as American Physical Therapy Association data showed. Are you among that group? Don't worry. Some movements and equipment suit back pain.
In fact, certain exercises can ease the symptoms, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Additionally, poor physical fitness increases back pain risk in some individuals, so time at the gym can aid prevention.
Always discuss exercise options with a medical professional to avoid exacerbating symptoms, especially if you have acute back pain. While you hold that discussion, consider some of the following options:
"Poor physical fitness increases back pain risk in some individuals."
Get limber with yoga
Stretching, in general, may help with back pain, and many fitness junkies like yoga as a way to learn a few stretches, as well as improve flexibility and mobility. Plus, you don't require a lot of equipment. With comfortable clothing, a mat and yoga block, you can start your journey to less back pain. Link up with an instructor when you first get started to learn proper form and prevent further injury.
Go for a dip in the pool
In addition to walking and biking, swimming is an aerobic exercise that may help your back pain. Specifically, the water eases stress on your joints. However, not all strokes suit your goals, so avoid ones that twist your body. As with yoga, consider working with an instructor to make the most of your time in the pool.
Up your gains with weights
Weightlifting may not present additional back strain if you choose the right exercises and follow proper technique. Also, start out slow, and know your limits. Don't feel ashamed to ask for a spotter or lower the weight.
Ask your doctor about lifts that could help and harm your back. In general, exercises that compress your spine don't suit back pain.
With proper guidance and regular physical fitness, you could be on your way to a life of less back pain.