Pickups. Drop-offs. Meetings, errands, events. Whew! You power through your days, and strong back muscles help make it happen. Keeping them that way is especially important now. Why? Well, over time, the odds of having back pain go up.
Pay your back a little attention today, and it can pay off later – big time. To help your back stay strong:
- Do some quick morning stretches.* Whether you slept in an awkward position, or have stiff muscles from lying still all night, muscle pain often shows up first thing. Stretching exercises can help by lengthening your muscles, keeping them loose, flexible and strong.
- Working out? Don’t forget your back. During the day, we often don’t get to use all of our back muscles. So make sure to work some back exercises into your gym routine. One example is a bridge: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. With your arms at your sides, tighten your stomach muscles and slowly raise your hips. Hold for 5 seconds, and slowly lower back down. Repeat 20 times.*
- Lift properly, every time. Remember to bend your knees!
- Sleep on your side, with a pillow between your knees. Stomach sleeper? You may be stressing your back muscles and spine. Also, try to keep your spine in line by making sure there’s support where your shoulders meet the base of your neck.
*Make sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing a workout plan.