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Alternative Exercises for Back Pain

Just because you suffer from acute or chronic back pain doesn't mean you have to give up the higher intensity workouts. Exercise keeps the body healthy, the mind sharp, and the pain  lower.
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Despite the old mindset of staying still when there is a pain in your back, movement can actually help reduce that pain and the pressure and stiffness in your joints. But not all exercises are back pain friendly. Here are several typical exercises, and the back pain friendly alternative.
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-Skip full sit-ups and, instead, opt for partial crunches.
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Crunches are some of the best core strengthening exercises you can do. Core strengthening in itself can help reduce back pain.
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-Instead of Toe Touches, opt for laying down  hamstring stretches. Lie on your back with one leg bent and the other straight up in the air, with the sole of your shoe to the ceiling. Use the towel to pull your foot toward you, stretching the calf.
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-Substitute Wall Squats for regular ones. Stand with your back pressed to the wall. Slowly lower like you are taking a seat. When your knees are parallel with your toes, hold. Then, slowly use the wall to stand back up.
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-Bring your knee to your chest in slow controlled movements. Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat, slowly bring one knee to your chest, hold, and then lower back down and switch.
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These are just a few examples of exercises you can do to get your heart rate up and stretch out that back. For more options, it is suggested you consult a personal trainer.
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Your physical therapist will also be able to give you good ideas on what exercises will help and not cause injury.
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As far as weights are concerned, you can still pump iron, but you have to be careful. There are selective weight routines you can do without causing injury. It is best to consult a professional before picking up the weights.
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As always, make sure to talk about your fitness routine and new exercises with your physician beforehand. You want to make sure what level of workouts the doctor suggests based on your personal medical history.
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