A strong back and supported spine are essential to your health and mobility. Though eating right and maintaining good posture can benefit your back, exercise is fundamental if you want to enjoy years of unrestricted movement without lower back pain. To start on the path to improved spine health, consider these exercises that can strengthen your back muscles and protect your spine:
Cardiovascular activity is key for spine wellness. When you engage in aerobic exercise, you increase blood flow throughout the body, including to the back muscles and tissues. This allows for the enhanced transfer of nutrients and vitamins to these structures, which can bolster spine health. Cardiovascular activity also burns calories, which wards off extra weight. Without having to support extra weight, the back can function at an optimal level. Running, biking, and swimming are all great forms of cardiovascular activity.
Core strengthening improves the vigor and robustness of the abdominal, lower back, and pelvic muscles. These muscles surround and protect the spine, so increasing their strength means better protection for the more delicate structures in the spinal column. As a result, core strengthening can diminish the likelihood of back injury, back deterioration, and lower back pain. Traditional stomach crunches, twisting crunches, and lying windmills all constitute effective core strengthening exercises.
Lower Body Strengthening
Far too many people lift objects with their back when they should be using their leg muscles. That’s why improving your lower body strength can help your spine health. When you have strong leg muscles, it becomes easier to lift with them instead of your back muscles. To increase your lower body strength, try squats and lunges.
Would you like to learn more about what you can do to protect your back and spine? Call the Kraus Back & Neck Institute at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary Kraus, M.D. at our Houston facility.