There are great exercises that help reduce or prevent low back pains and aches. They include:
* Aerobic exercise: Aerobic exercise conditions your heart and blood vessels to more efficiently deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. If you are susceptible to low back pain, maintaining the health of your cardiovascular system will speed recovery.
Some aerobic and cardiovascular exercises you should do include; running on a treadmill or on your favorite hiking trail. Playing basketball, tennis, or other sports that increase heart rate and get you sweating. Swimming laps at your local pool.
* Strengthening exercises: Focus on your back, stomach, and leg muscles.
You can work on these muscles at home or at your favorite gym. Do back extensions, sit ups, plank exercises, yoga, and pilates...among others. Your abdominal muscles aren't just for looking good at the beach. They are functional stabilizers of your spine. Did you know that you have an abdominal muscle that wraps all the way around your your stomach and attaches to your spine?
* Stretching exercise: Stretching keeps your muscles and other supporting tissues flexible and less prone to injury.
When you stretch, and keep your hamstrings and gluteus muscles nice and flexible, you actually reduce tension on the muscles of your lumbar spine. Did you know that tight hamstrings and glutes are often the cause of low back pain? If you spend just 5-10 minutes every other day stretching your hamstrings and glute muscles well, you might see a significant decrease in your back pain symptoms.
Virtually everything outlined above can be done on your own, BUT being trained how to do them properly is the best way to start.
Please call us at 408-379-0133. Our expert personal training staff can get your started and educate you about proper conditioning for your low back pain. We are located in Campbell, Calfornia and serve the greater San Jose area and the South Bay.