Back exercises are often prescribed effectively as an alternative to surgery. Doing daily back exercises can significantly reduce back pain related to a variety of common ailments. However, not every exercise is appropriate for some conditions and certain back exercises may even make the problem worse. This is why it's important to check with your doctor about which exercises will help or hinder you.
Bye-bye back pain
“As a trainer, I hear the words ‘Oh, my aching back' far too often. Frequently, back pain is a sign of muscular imbalances,” celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler says.
“Here's a test: Stand with your back to a wall, shoulder blades pressed against it. Can you hold the position for the length of the song ‘Happy Birthday'? If not, you'll need to strengthen your back and core. This can help relieve and prevent back pain, and you'll improve your posture, toomaking you look longer and leaner.”
Here are four moves from Kaehler to help strengthen your back and boost your posture in the process.
How to do it: Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and back straight. Holding a 5- to 8-pound dumbbell in each hand, with palms facing in, hinge forward at the waist. Brace your core, then, with elbows slightly bent, raise the weights out to …