Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Is Your Lower Back Strong or a Problem? :

Is Your Lower Back Strong or a Problem?

In women and men's fitness workouts, it is easy to concentrate on big muscle groups and muscles ! and give you a ripped body. The lower back is all but ignored. Ignore it at your own risk. Lower back problems can happen to even the world class bodybuilders and will knock you down off your feet and your workout routine in no time.

Stretching and some exercises can help keep your back loose and flexible but this won't necessarily keep you away from having lower back pain. The spine controls the lower back. There are muscles that support the spine and these are the muscles that need to be strengthened. Not many people know this. Leading spine doctors are very aware of this and here is what they would like people to do.

They say that you need to train your spinal muscles to have endurance, so to speak. To make them strong for any activity including sitting for long periods. Sitting is a stress on your lower back also. With lack of strength and endurance in your spinal support muscles comes poor posture which increases stress on your spinal vertebrae which will then lead to lower back pain no matter what activity you are doing. What you need to do is increase the strength and endurance of your deep back muscles and spinal muscles. here is some ways to do it.

These are very simple and very effective. I had a lower back problem once and finding out about these minor exercises and adjustments made all the difference in the world. If you sit for long periods at your job or at home, change the way you sit frequently. Lean your chair back, elevate your legs and feet, raise and lower the height of your desk chair, and always keep good posture while sitting. You can stand up frequently while sitting. Go to the little boys room, walk around a bit, stand while talking on your phone, etc. When standing, reach for the sky like you are being held at gunpoint. Stretch it out. Do this every time you stand after sitting.

The above was for office or home, this part is for when you are working out or in the gym. Keep your back stiff. Do not always try to stretch it out to it's limit so you are totally flexible. Stretching to the limit of your back can cause major disc problems. You can easily herniate a disc doing this. Keep your back in good posture which is slightly arched in the lower back, even when lifting. You strengthen your deeper back muscles and can't hurt your spine or discs by keeping this posture.

Keeping the good posture throughout your workouts and your day are key here. As you see above, it is more about keeping this deeper back and spine muscles aligned properly and getting them some minor work. Breathe normal during any of these exercises. Deep and slow inhales and exhales. There is more research you can do that will uncover, I am sure, other ways to keep your lower back fit. This is a good start to never having a lower back injury or pain. The lower back can stop all your workouts fast. It also can make your whole life miserable.

I hope you enjoyed this article and put it to good use.

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