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Your Back is Hurting because Your Core is Weak.

It‚Äôs a common phrase that we‚Äôve heard others say or have said ourselves at times ‚ÄúMy Back hurts!‚Ä̬†¬†The thing is your back may not be causing your pain. Because your abs are the front anchor of your spine, your abs may be the cause of your back pain. The body compensates so other muscles will help hold you up when your core is weak. A weak core causes an arch/curve in your back. This overarched position¬†can¬†lead to¬†pain¬†in your low¬†back¬†over time.¬†Your core is in the center of your body. It needs to be strong to support the weight of your entire body, including your back and neck.

 

You’re more likely to suffer from low¬†back pain¬†if you are¬†overweight¬†or¬†obese, or quickly gain a significant amount of weight, according to NINDS. “Being¬†overweight, especially in the mid-section, shifts your entire center of gravity forward putting additional strain on your¬†back.¬†

 

Loosing weight and strengthening your core can help you get rid of back pain. Core strengthening is more than just achieving six-pack abs. Developing strong abdominal muscles makes you less prone to back injuries and teaches you proper spinal alignment.

 

With consistent exercise, you can improve your core strength within 6-8 weeks. Below are come exercises you can start with to work on your core strength. Be sure to stretch before & after exercise.  Until next time, take care of yourself; mind, body and soul. 

 

Leg lifts 

Push-ups

Sit-ups 

Planks 

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