By Chass Armstrong
Like any part of your body, strengthening your back is critical for helping to keep it strong and healthy. In that same line of thought, the wrong exercises can also damage your back, leaving it in worse shape than it would have been otherwise. Here are a few quick tips for keeping your back strong, healthy, and pain free.
Crunches vs. Situps: Though both of these exercises primarily affect the abdominal muscles, they can have both direct and indirect impact on your back health. If you’re doing full sit ups it can cause undo strain on the back which won’t help you at all. Crunches put less strain on the back and also can strengthen your abs so that they will better support your back
Hamstring Stretches: Keeping your hamstrings loose will also help reduce pull from your glutes, and lower back muscles. This way, you can reduce tension in the lower back by keeping your hamstrings healthy, loose and strong.
Superman: Lay on your stomach with your elbows out and hands near your chest. Arch your back and get your legs of the ground as well. Do 3 sets of 5-10 reps of this.
Back Bridge: The Back Bridge workout will work your lower back and abdominal muscles. Simply lay on the floor with your hands by your side. Bring your knees up so that your feet are flat on the floor. Then, arch up so that you have created a “ramp” from your knees down to your shoulders on the ground. Do repeats of these 5-10 times.
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