07 September 2011

The importance of back exercise

Recent statistics show that 80% of all people will suffer from back pain at some point. Ceri Hannan of Virgin Active gives us some back strengthening exercises to prevent this.

Many of us do not give a second thought to lifting a heavy box, office equipment or carrying around loaded shopping bags in the mall, not realising the strain we place on our backs. Recent statistics show that 80% of all people will suffer from back pain at some stage of their lives.

Ceri Hannan, National Group Exercise Manager for Virgin Active says although one cannot completely avoid it, strengthening your back muscles associated muscles with regular exercise is a great start. 

"Active back exercises, when done in a controlled and progressive manner, distribute nutrients into the disc space and soft tissues to keep the back healthy.  Regular lower back exercises helps to avoid stiffness, weakness and reduces lower back pain.”

Hannan also advises that recurring back pain if left untreated could spell something more serious.  “Acute back pain generally last from a few days to a few weeks, but if you do not seek medical help, this could pose a danger to your health.”

Chronic back pain is generally defined as pain that persists for more than three months, and may be progressive or occasional. The exact cause of this condition is sometimes very difficult to be determined. She recommends the following exercises to strengthen your back muscles and help with moving around more freely: 



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