Lower back injuries are never a good thing. They are one of the most detrimental injuries that you can suffer both in and out of your training, putting a huge barricade on daily life. There are few things more debilitating, and they can have severe long-lasting effects.

There are a number of ways that you can incorporate into your daily life to help make sure that you are protecting your back, as long as you know what you are doing. We’re here to run through some of them with you.

Exercise

Woman exercising her lower back muscles

First, we have exercising. Exercise is a great way to keep yourself in the best possible shape that you can be. You can make sure that your muscles are strong enough to support yourself in almost any situation, from training accidents all the way through to protecting your bones and joints, even from accidents.

Lower back exercises aren’t too difficult to come by either. There are many different things you can do at home or at the gym to give yourself that extra strength that is so essential to your safety. Take a look at some of them here.

Stretching

Woman stretching her back

On the same sort of lines as what we have mentioned above, we also have stretching. Stretching is an unbelievably effective way to keep your muscles working in the ways that they should be. It improves blood flow and circulation, as well as keeping your muscles doing what they should be to prevent any strains or pulled muscles.

Your flexibility will improve dramatically over time, and you may even find that you feel more agile in different daily activities. Just taking 5-10 minutes daily on a morning can be enough to give you that edge.

Posture

woamn with bad posture using her phone

Your posture is something that is going to affect your whole body in some way or another. Whether you think that your posture is perfect, or if you are constantly hunched over, there are ways you can improve and keep yourself safe.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to focus on the way you stand or walk. Actively concentrating on how you’re positioning your body can really make all the difference and help you to keep things where they should be. The longer you leave it, the worse it gets - and the easier it is for you to start feeling the long-term effects it can have on your back.

Don’t sit for too long

Main holding back in pain while sat in an office chair

While we’re on the subject of posture, your sedentary lifestyle can also be having a serious impact on your lower back. If you spend a lot of time sitting down, either at work or at home, your lower back is going to become under-developed unless you do something to fight it.

There are many routes you can take to help yourself out, from using apparatus that you can put on your chair to make sure that you’re sitting correctly, to standing workstations, and even just using stools rather than chairs to force your spine to support itself. You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.

Don’t over exercise/strain yourself

Man holding his lower back in a gym

While exercise is always going to be something that we are keen to advocate for, it really is crucial that you don’t over exert yourself. Training is almost addictive once you get into the swing of things, and if you put too much strain on your body, you’re likely to feel the negative side effects over time. Your lower back is no exception to this.

Make sure that you back is strong enough to be able to support itself during any exercise that you find yourself doing, and don’t overwork any particular muscle. You need to be taking proper recovery time away from your training, and keeping your training balanced so that no area is becoming overworked. Plan your fitness correctly and you’ll do just fine.

Relaxation therapy

Someone receiving a therapeutic massage

Relaxation therapies are a fantastic way to deal with any damage that you may have done by accident without even knowing about it, as well as removing any stress or tension that may have been building up. They even prevent the injuries from happening in the first place, so they are well worth considering.

The most common forms of these are mostly centred around therapeutic remedies. Massages are always good to go to as long as they are done safely and correctly by a professional. They will keep you limber and fresh, as well as helping you find any problem areas. Other things like ice baths or even essential oils can do similar things on a smaller scale, too.

Take the proper precautions

someone properly lacing their running shoes outside

Finally, you need to ensure that you’re doing everything you can be to prevent anything bad from happening to your back. Everything on the list is essential to support this, but your specific choices in and out of your training will do the same.

Make sure that you are using the right equipment when you are doing exercise, like proper training shoes, perfecting your technique when exercising, and making a note of your bad habits that will take their toll in the long run. Prevention is always better than remedy.

 

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If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.