Strengthen Your Back
Completely You: Fitness
By Robin Hilmantel for Completely You
More than 31 million Americans suffer from back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and spend billions each year trying to find relief. But “in the same way that you brush your teeth to prevent getting a cavity, you can take measures to protect your back before you get hurt,” says Delia Roberts, fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and professor of biology at Selkirk College in British Columbia. Here, her suggestions for keeping your back healthy and pain-free.
1. Check your posture.
2. Strengthen your core.
Try to do this whenever you can throughout the day. Eventually, it will become automatic. In addition to engaging your core, activating your pelvic muscles (aka Kegel exercises) can also help you maintain spinal neutral. You can practice Kegels throughout the day too -- just be sure not to overdo them. (Here, the Mayo Clinic gives tips on doing Kegel exercises.)
3. Watch your back.
4. Don’t exercise first thing in the morning.
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is an associate editor at Food Network Magazine. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, USA Today and Maxim, among other publications. She is a frequent contributor to Completely You.