A vital part of improving and maintaining normal, comfortable back function
It is important to exercise regularly so you can maintain your fitness level. Regular exercise is important to prevent back pain and injury. A program of strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercises will improve your overall fitness level. Research has shown that people who are physically fit are more resistant to back injuries and pain, and recover quicker when they do have injuries, than those who are less physically fit. In addition, consider maintaining an average weight for your height.
The following exercises are recommended for people who currently are not experiencing back pain. Modifications to this exercise regimen are necessary if you have back pain. Do not continue to perform an exercise that produces pain. Seek the advice of a doctor or physical therapist.
What exercises help maintain a healthy back?
Exercises for a healthy back can be divided into three basic groups:
- Strengthening: repeated muscle contractions until the muscle becomes tired.
- Stretching or Flexibility: slow, sustained lengthening of the muscle.
- Aerobic: steady exercise using large muscle groups.
All of these exercises should be performed slowly and comfortably to avoid injury. When performing strengthening and flexibility exercises, remember to breathe naturally and without holding your breath; exhale during exertion and inhale during relaxation.