Do you or anyone you know suffer from back pain? Back pain is something that seems all too common, and I know a lot of people that deal with it, wether it's an everyday thing, or just an occasional occurrence. A couple years ago, my mother had some swelling in her lower back, which turned into a hospital visit, and some serious prayer before we were able to find out exactly what the problem was, and how to deal with it. (Having a massage chair handy would have been wonderful to help soothe the pain). Back pain seems to be one of the worst kinds to deal with, because it affects so much. Unlike a toothache, headache, or even something like a broken arm-when your back hurts, pretty much every part of your body is affected. So, when it comes to preventing back pain, I am definitely in favor of learning everything I can!
One thing I learned from my Dad many years ago-I can literally remember him telling me when I was about 5 or 6-is to never bend over to pick something up. Anytime I would bend over to grab something, he would say "squat down to pick it up-you'll save your back". Of course, as a kid, I never thought that much about it, but followed his instructions anyways. Now, I'm grateful that it's become a habit; if I need to pick up something lower down, I squat, rather than bend over.
Another back-health tip I learned from my parents was to always sit (and stand) up straight. No slouching was allowed when I was growing up; I had to sit up properly, and again, this is something I still do, and now appreciate the benefits of doing so!
One other way to help prevent back pain, is by doing a stretching routine and some back-targeting strengthening exercises every week. I recently started doing a few minutes of pilates every other day, and have really enjoyed the stretching that is so healthy for your body. Additionally, I use resistance bands and kettlebells for some exercises that target the back, and help strengthen it. It's a great way to prevent injury or pain, and ensure you have a strong back!
What about you? Do you do anything to help prevent back pain? Are there exercises you especially enjoy to strengthen your back? Please share!
This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.