Backaches Gone

When we feel pain in the back, the last thing we ever want to do is exercise, right? Wrong. Recent research says it's the first thing to try. The spinal discs need to be in motion because this helps circulate nutrients in and waste out. When we walk or climb the stairs, muscles like the hamstring and calves are engaged, but the deep back and abdominal muscles are not used as much. This causes them to weaken and give you backaches.

Exercise can strengthen your core for a back that's limber and free of pain. Experts suggest Pilates. It's a form of exercise that can help strengthen your core without straining the spine.

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1. BEND PROPERLY. When you're trying to lift a heavy object, bend with your knees and not your back. It's important to keep your back straight and make sure the object is close to your body so your arms are bent and not outstretched.

2. STAND UP. If you have been sitting for more than 20 minutes, stand up and take a break for 5 minutes. When you stand, roll your shoulders backward and forward, pull in your navel, drop your tailbone, and feel yourself growing tall.

3. STRETCH OUT. Round your upper back and drop your chin toward your chest. Hold for 5 counts. Then lift your chin, gaze forward, and arch your lower back. Hold for 5 counts. Do it six times per day.