Exercising may not sound very inviting when you are suffering from a backache. Nevertheless, certain types of exercises can actually help you to heal faster. At times, you have to rest your back but, as soon as you can, it’s helpful to begin an exercise program that’s designed to make your spine stronger and more flexible. Our focus in this report is to provide you with some ideas to help you achieve this goal.
Stretching is one of the best and most basic types of exercise you can do for your back. You should include this in your daily exercise regimen even if you do not experience back pain. There is a large variety of stretching exercises; seemingly one to fit all of the different muscles that require its use. The old traditional bend over and touch your toe exercise is not recommended; it could cause back strain. You can loosen a lot of tension when you do the stretch that entails lying flat on your back, with your knees clenched firmly with your arms close to your chin. Then tenderly start moving back and forth. If doing this causes pain of any sort, you need to forego the exercise and maybe try again when you are feeling more able.
Another gentle exercise that is great for relieving back pain, and preventing its return, is walking. It’s perfect when a more active form of exercise isn’t possible. Walking is an exercise you can do at your own pace, and you can gradually increase your speed and the distance you cover. Where you walk isn’t important. You can walk around a local track, on the beach, or in a park. You can always find a treadmill at your local health club if that appeals to you, instead of walking outside. Wherever you walk, you might want to buy an inexpensive pedometer so you can keep track of your speed and distance. Since walking is low impact and doesn’t jar or strain your body, it’s perfect for someone who has back problems.
Take a breather from the task at hand every now and then. At least once every hour, get up and take a short walk, whether it’s outside your home or around your office building. As regularly as possible you should get up from your chair and do a couple of easy stretches. You can keep the stretches short and simple. Reaching towards the ceiling is one stretching exercise that will lessen the tension in your shoulders and upper back. Your hips and lower back can be greatly influenced by bending a bit with your knees and moving around in a circular pattern. You should not ignore stretching when you are sitting either. Whenever you catch yourself slumping in your chair, do a little stretch or at least correct your posture.
The next thing you should do is to take some of these recommendations and exercises that we have just presented and put them to work for you. To make your body feel better, as well as your spine and back, do these daily exercises. Just keep in mind that if you already have a back injury, go easy on the exercises so that you can gradually see improvements.