Tips to Protect Your Back During Exercise
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to workout not only effectively, but safely. It’s very easy to hurt your back, especially if you already have back problems. Here are some tips to protect your back during exercise.
Strengthen Your Core
You’ve probably heard this from your chiropractor before, but it is a very important tip to remember. Strengthening your core muscles, the ones located in your abdomen, will help support your lower back muscles. Your lower back muscles can easily be injured during strength training exercises if you don’t have a strong core.
Slouching or curving your back during workouts puts unnecessary strain on your back which can lead to muscle injury. Be sure you have a long straight back during workouts. Be sure to mimic your trainer’s posture if you’re exercising in a class setting or watching a workout program at home.
Don’t Use Too Much Weight
When doing weight training exercises, it’s imperative not to use more weight than you can handle. Always start small and build up weights over time. If it feels like too much, it probably is. Weight training can be very effective to build strong muscles as well as to lose weight, but be sure you’re doing it safely.
Stretch Before AND After a Workout
There’s a reason you hear personal trainers and chiropractors reminding you to stretch over and over again. It’s so important! Stretching loosens and warms your muscles so that they’re ready to withstand the stress of exercise. You should be stretching before a workout to prepare your muscles, and after to give your muscles a chance to cool down before regular activity. Sudden aerobic activity on muscles that haven’t been stretched can lead to injury.
Using these tips will help protect your back during exercise. Don’t forget to see your chiropractor regularly while following a workout program. A healthy spine is the best way to prevent back injuries.