Improving Core Strength
There are many reasons why your back could be hurting you, as we’ve outline above. And there are many ways to help alleviate some of that pain. For some, a brace and low-grade medication might be a viable option. For others it may be as serious as surgery. But for most people, strengthening their core muscles is the quickest and safest way to eliminate back pain without invasive surgery and expensive pills.
Even as I’m sitting at this desk I can feel my lower back begin to tighten up. Usually, at this point in my day I like to stand to work, but this may not be an option for everyone, and you may not work in an office. So before I come to work I stretch out and exercise my core to help me last through the day. I could tell you all about my exercises, but we may not share the same pain, and we may have different levels of fitness or strength. So when you begin working out your core to help strengthen your back, remember a few things:
1) Always consult your physician.
Anytime you are preparing to make a drastic change in health practices whether it’s working out or dieting, check with your doctor. Every person is different, which means that every pain is different. It might not be the best practice for you to lie on your back for crunches. Maybe training with a medicine ball is better for you. These are things that doctors and trainers should recommend.
2) Don’t try to fix it all at once.
Although you may have been living with back pain for some time, there’s no quick fix to getting rid of it. Overexerting yourself can lead to doing more damage. This is going to be a slow process of building muscle, and flexibility, but with the right kind of careful attention, the process will result in a lifetime of a stronger core and pain-free back.
3) Stick to a routine.
As much as a new routine is going to throw your body for a shock, so is an on-again-off-again workout regimen. Beginning at a low level of impact and slowly increasing reps and duration will help build a strong core over time. At some point the pain in your back may go away, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop with the core exercises. Living healthy is a life-long practice.
There are thousands of exercises out there to improve your core and back strength, posture, and overall well-being. Be conscious of these few things and you’ll be on a road to back pain recovery in no time.