Lower Back Pain Leads to Weight Gain
Lower back pain is a common health complaint, and if it sidelines you for too long, it can lead to weight gain, a loss in your fitness level and keep you from doing things you really like to do.
But not moving is not the answer
Specific exercises can help you get back to everyday activities. If you are under the care of an orthopedist or physical therapist, you may be given a series of exercises to do up to 3X a day.
Here are 3 that may help, as follows:
Tummy contractions. Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor hip-width apart, and your hands on your tummy below your ribcage. Tighten your abs it should feel as though your ribcage is being pressed toward your back. Hold for 5 secs, then relax. Repeat 10X.
Knee-to-chest stretch. Begin in the same starting position, but for this exercise, place both hands on the back of your left thigh and gently pull the knee to your chest. Hold for 20 secs, then relax. Repeat 5X with the left leg, then switch to the right leg and repeat the entire sequence.
Body stretch sequence. Sit on a large exercise ball with knees bent at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Move your feet slightly out to the sides for balance. 1st, lift your left arm straight up over your head, then lower it and repeat with the right arm; alternate 5X. 2nd, slowly raise and lower your left heel, then slowly raise and lower your right heel; alternate 5x. 3rd, raise your left arm overhead and your right heel off the floor at the same time, lower them and reverse, raising your right arm overhead and lifting your left heel off the floor; alternate 5X.
Another type of exercise that may help is Yoga.
According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people who took a weekly class designed for those with low back pain were helped just as much as those who did traditional physical therapy, and needed less pain medication over time.
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