Lack of regular physical activity, often called a sedentary lifestyle, puts
you at greater risk for getting back pain. This is because lack of exercise
- Weak stomach and back muscles
- Inflexible back muscles, which limit your ability to turn and bend down
- Becoming overweight, which puts additional stress on your spine, especially
increased abdominal size
High intensity exercise or doing movements improperly may also lead to back
Many cyclists also have back pain. This may be avoided by proper adjustment
of your bicycle seat and maintaining good flexibility of your back and hamstring
Using poor form or posture for any activity, including golfing or lifting
weights, can cause serious problems with your back.
What should you do?
- Vary your workout.
- Work with a knowledgeable trainer until you have learned the proper movements
and form for the activities you do.
- Do low-impact aerobics like swimming, bicycling, and walking. These strengthen
back and stomach muscles without over-straining the back. Swimming may be
- Include appropriate stretching and strengthening in your workout routine
after you have recovered from the acute phase of your back pain. A physical
therapist can be a big help in this area.
- Consider yoga, Tai Chi, or Chi Kung. These are Indian and Chinese forms
of exercise that combine low-impact movements with meditation and relaxation.
Look in your area for a class. Your doctor or physical therapist may be able
to help you find one.
Review Date: 4/6/2007
Reviewed By: Benjamin D. Roye, M.D., M.P.H., Orthopaedic Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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