Back pain can result from both overexertion and leading a sedentary lifestyle. One of the best ways to avoid this problem is by remaining active without overdoing it. These are just some of the best activities that can help you avoid experiencing discomfort.
Get Out and Enjoy
Swimming is a great activity to help people avoid having to deal with back pain. While it may not sound that exciting to swim laps, doing so requires you to use just about all of your muscles – your back muscles especially. Running is also excellent, not just for your overall stamina but for your posture as well; poor posture is one of the leading causes of back issues.
One of the best types of exercises to help reduce the chances you’ll experience back pain is biking. It does not jar the spine like other activities, and stationary biking is very gentle on your spine. Golf is another low-impact activity that can help your posture – as long as you walk the course and don’t ride in a cart. Just try not to play too much or you could develop back issues due to excessive twisting.
Before the Workout
Whatever your activity of choice may be, just make sure you follow the proper warm-up routine first. This will help your muscles get ready for the workout you are getting ready to put them through. Stretch your hamstrings, calves and triceps, and also rotate your back and waist to increase your range of motion. Use simple movements to get the blood flowing and gradually increase the intensity to loosen muscles further. You also want to practice before you play. For example, gently swing the club a few times before you tee it up for real, and try a little “phantom swinging” before you actually dive in the pool.
If you are experiencing back pain, Plano orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Marks. can help. Our office provides a wide range of both non-surgical and surgical options to treat a variety of conditions. Contact us online or call 972-301-2866 to schedule an appointment.