It can be tempting to think that the best route is to take it easy and not strain yourself, but for chronic back pain, exercise is often one of the best ways to get relief.
How Do I Exercise With Back Pain?
First of all, if you have an injury or experience back pain, you should always consult your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program. With that said, the best exercises for people with back pain are low-impact moves that don't put extra stress on the body and put you at lower risk for injury.
Things To Avoid
- High-impact exercises like jogging, jumping jacks, etc.
- Moves that require you to twist or contort your back.
- Full sit-ups
- Exercising without warming up
What Are Low-Impact Cardio Exercises?
Unless your physician tells you not to, walking is one of the best low-impact exercises out there. It's easy, you don't need special equipment and it helps you lose weight, increase heart rate and there is low risk of injury. Wear good shoes, it makes a difference.
Cycling is a great way to get fit without the jarring impact of jogging or other exercises. You can ride a bicycle or stationary bikes at the gym.
3. Elliptical Machine
This workout is even lower impact than walking on a treadmill, and gives your upper body a workout, too.
Yoga can not only get you in great shape, but can also reduce pain, strengthen your core and increase flexibility.
If you are trying to find the right workout for you or you are not seeing results with your current fitness routine, a personal trainer can help. By creating a custom workout based on your goals, current level of fitness and lifestyle, a personal trainer can increase your chances of success. Ralph Roberts works with clients to help them achieve their goals and get results. You can find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.