Avoid These Exercises if You Have a Bad Back

by editor on June 30, 2017

avoid these exercises with a bad back

When you have a bad back some of the activities you never used to think about become a serious consideration. This is particularly true when it comes to the exercises you do in order to stay healthy and to keep your weight where it should be.

It’s amazing how aware you become of the way our major muscle groups are connected when you try to do exercises with a bad back. Some will aggravate back pain immediately, forcing us to stop right away. That said, others are sneakier and will do damage without a lot of immediate signs. Perhaps they’re slightly uncomfortable at the time, but a few hours later – or the next morning – you’ll discover the damage you’ve actually caused.

That said, you shouldn’t hesitate to do exercises even if you have a bad back. The key is to make sure you do the right ones while avoiding the wrong ones.

The following are some of the moves you should be avoiding if your back isn’t at its best:

• Sit-ups and crunches – Your core muscles, including your abdominals, obliques, and all the rest that surround your torso are all responsible for supporting your spine. Strong core muscles are important to a healthy back. However, sit-ups and crunches place strain on the lower back, including the spine. When your back is in good shape, that might not be a problem, but if you have an injury or other back problem, this strain is unnecessary and can place too much pressure on your back’s lower disks. To work the same muscles without the harm, consider pelvic tilts instead.

• Bending forward – Bending forward while sitting or standing in order to touch your toes can provide your hamstrings with a great stretch. However, the bending itself can place pressure on the ligaments of your back and the spinal disks. Instead, use a towel and perform a hamstring stretch while lying on your back, bending the other knee and planting that foot on the floor for balance and support.

• Leg lifts while lying on your back – Raising and lowering your legs while you’re lying on your back places pressure directly onto your lower back. Though this promotes core strength, it could be to the detriment of your back if it’s already hurt. Instead, use a reverse curl-up to work your abs without straining your back.

By making the right choices, you can keep your body healthy and provide your back with added support from strong tendons, ligaments and muscles.

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