Getting Rid of Back Pain

Getting Rid of Back Pain

Say you’ve been driving for 10 hours straight and you start noticing that lower back pain, or that everyday activities are starting to get harder to do. That is where flexibility training, or stretching, comes in. Not only should you stay active, but you should also stretch regularly, which helps prevent the loss of mobility and reduces occasional or chronic back pain from being in a sedentary lifestyle. Remember that stretching and exercising is key to keeping the spine, knee joints, and hip joints flexible.

It’s important to include flexibility training to your workout because it:

  • Enhances workout performance
  • Is an active form of relaxation
  • Reduces stress on the muscles
  • Reduces the risk of injury during exercise
  • Improves blood flow
  • Improves posture

Tips for successful flexibility training:

  • Start after a warm up or cardio workout; you may hurt yourself if you stretch with cold muscles
  • Don’t go overboard, but stretch every muscle group
  • Breathe normally and hold each stretch for 30 seconds; in problem areas stretch for 60 seconds
  • Don’t aim for pain, be gentle on yourself