The Best Exercises for a Bad Back!
I get asked a lot about bad backs – and how to prevent them and help them recover… the secret? Keeping your abdominals strong!! Did you know that eighty percent of people who suffer from back pain have weak abdominals? Your abs act as a girdle for your spine… and your spine is your lifeline so keep it healthy, keep it strong! When you’re sitting around during the day, be sure to tighten and contract your ab muscles and that will keep them strong, along with your regular ab workouts.
Strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine is vital for a healthy back, so I suggest a regular program of abdominal and lower-back exercises. Keeping your hamstrings strong and flexible can also help prevent back pain. Luckily, all of these areas are touched on in my Denise Austin.com membership! I have workouts that help to strengthen your abs, helping to promote a healthier back. Check it out when you start your 7-day FREE trial!
Here’s one of my favorite exercises for a bad back that will really help you to strengthen your Erector Spinae muscles that surround the spine. While you’re doing it be sure to pull the abs up and in and hold for 10-20 seconds so you’re working these muscles, too. Take a couple minutes every day to do this exercise to help promote a healthy lower back:
Keeping strong abs is also key to having a healthy back. Try this Bicycle Exercise for 1 minute to strengthen your core muscles!
Yoga is also an excellent workout for the back – it’s slow, smooth movements that are focused on good posture. Try this 10-minute yoga abs workout that specifically targets your mid-section to help strengthen the abs. Swimming, water aerobics, biking and walking are three great cardio activities that don’t put a lot of stress on your spine. I love my Walk With Me Workout that is available to members of DeniseAustin.com because it’s low impact and easy on the joints.
Of course, if you’re experiencing severe back pain or with any type of injury, you should really consult your doctor before engaging in any form of exercise. She may have some specific suggestions for you. And for more healthy back exercises, start your free trial of DeniseAustin.com today!