If you’re suffering from back pain, there’s a good chance a medical professional or physical therapist has told you regular exercise is a must. Staying in shape is especially important when you have back issues, because the less weight and strain you put on your body, the kinder you’re being to your back and spine.
However, when you’re in the grips of chronic pain — especially intense pain — the idea of exercising seems like a mirage. You want to do it, but if you’re hurting, what kind of exercise can you do that won’t make your pain worse?
The good news is walking can help reduce back pain. According to a recent article in Prevention, “it can help to stabilize your spine and prevent muscle imbalances.”
Why a sedentary life is bad for the spine
If you think about your body mechanics, it’s easy to understand why sitting for long periods of time isn’t a good long-term plan for easing back pain. If you’re sitting down right now, take a moment to scan your body. Are you sitting with good posture or are you slumping? If you’re slumping, that’s impeding your path to back health.
Poor posture while sitting down causes compression on the discs in your spine, so if you’re dealing with a bulging disc, a herniated disc or premature degeneration, sitting for hours at a time will only make the pain worse. In fact, “Poor posture is one of the leading causes of lower back pain,” according to an article on Pain News Network.
Time to get moving
Walking sounds easy enough, but before you put on those tennis shoes and hit the pavement, there are few things to consider to make the most of your physical activity. Paying attention to your walking shoes, posture and stride can make your strolls more effective.
Proper footwear matters
We all have a favorite pair of tennis that fit like a glove, but are they supporting your back? Remember, standing and walking starts at your feet, so the correct shoes are important.