80% of people feel this

 

We want to talk about something today that probably has affected you or someone you know!

 

It’s low back pain. Did you know that as many as 80% of us deal with it at some point or another?

 

We’ve got some tips for you to help prevent back pain from interfering with your life.

 

So, let’s talk about low back pain. Do you know someone who has experienced it? Give me a “like” if you do.

 

There are two basic types of back pain:

 

The first is acute, which often is caused by an injury. It comes on fast and it usually heals on its own with some rest.

 

The second is chronic, which hangs around for a long time.

 

It also can be caused by an injury but other factors include postural problems, muscle weakness, structural issues with your spine, illness, and sometimes the cause can seem like a mystery.

 

So … what can you do about low back pain?

 

Prevention is everything! And a big part of that is making your core muscles as strong and resilient as you possibly can.

 

That way both your low back and core are better prepared to tackle all the tasks they are called to do every day to keep your body stable, strong, and balanced.

 

Important note! If you’re currently experiencing back pain, we highly recommend getting it checked out by a doctor to see what’s going on, and to get their go-ahead before you make changes in your routine or start doing exercises for it.

 

So exactly how do you make your core stronger and more resilient?

 

By doing exercises that challenge your muscles just enough to build both muscular endurance and strength.

 

To start with, we’re talking about exercises like planks and glute bridges.

 

Right now we’re running a free 5-day Stronger to the Core Challenge that is all about strengthening your core, improving your posture and giving you a strong fitness foundation! You can sign up by clicking this button!

 

It can be tempting to “go for the burn” and really push yourself with these exercises, but this is one time you get a pass on all that!

 

In fact, you’ll get better results if you slow down, focus on form, and really listen to your body. It also might mean making modifications in the exercises until your body gets strong enough to handle more challenging versions.

 

For example, you might start out by doing planks from your knees instead of your toes, and maybe even doing a 15-second version, slowly increasing how long you hold the plank as you get stronger.

 

But also, here’s something you might not realize:

 

Almost every exercise you do can become a core exercise if you make sure your abdominals are engaged.

 

Things like squats, pushups, and lunges all work your core. You also can sneak in some core stability work by balancing on one foot while having your core muscles engaged.

 

Here’s a quick way to make sure your core muscles are engaged: think about “zipping up” the area just below your belly button before you do every exercise, like you are zipping up a pair of jeans.

 

If you start paying attention to those core muscles, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes – and how quickly you’ll feel the payoff in improved core strength.

 

If you are looking to make some changes in your fitness and nutrition we are here for you.

 

Be sure to check out our FREE 5 DAY STRONGER TO THE CORE CHALLENGE! We are here to support your success and help you reach your goals…that is a great first step.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “80% of people feel this

  • I found your story very interesting. I had a weak core and had done for years although I did not know it. I was in so much pain for years and no one could help me. At 78,I had back surgery so I could walk without bending over like an old lady. In fact I got to the stage where I could not walk, . I changed doctors and was sent to a back specialist who informed me that I was 10 years too late seeing him and surgery was the only way to fix the problem. After 7 hours unde,r 4 screws, 2 plates a rod or two and heavens knows what I survived. I exercised at home and then went on to do programmed exercises to strengthen my core. It took 40 lessons of exercise to get me up and going. However, I have to keep up the exercises. I have weights, although my rowing machine keeps me on track. I am 83 years old and my back is as straight as a dye I do have back pain if I over tax my body. I have learned to live with the problem which would not have been a problem if I knew what I know now. A weak core runs in the family as my Mother had the problem and so did my brother, We were outside workers on the land so we had plenty of exercise. The problem was we did not know how to work our backs. Instead of bending our knees we bent over from the waist and worked for hours in that position, This is my story, Complaining about a bad back does not impress the doctors who place us on pain killers for years. I say fix the problem .

    • Wow Judith thank-you for sharing your story. I totally agree…doctors only wanted to do surgery or give me pain pills. I will stick with fitness and nutrition for as long as it is working! Best wishes to you!

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