Have you ever experienced low back pain? Did you know that nearly 80 percent of adults will experience or have experienced low back pain at some point in their life.
From the daily commute, to office tasks, and long plane rides, your body is taking a beating.
After a long day of sitting you decide to hit the gym to feel better and perform squats, deadlifts, and shoulder presses. During these lifts you noticed some lower back pain but push through anyways.
The next morning you go to tie your shoe and you could not even bend down without pain.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, you are not alone.
Dr. Stewart McGill ,a famous spine doctor says that the spine is like a wire coat hanger. When you bend it back and forth enough it will break due to fatigue and stress. The same thing can be said for your spine. Sitting down all day forces the spine in a bad posture, couple that with some heavy lifting and bad form and you have a recipe for disaster.
So what should you do?
First, be aware of how much you actually sit all day. While you may not be able to stop sitting down, you can take little breaks from time to time and get up and stretch. Try putting a timer on your phone and if you find yourself sitting for 90 minutes or more, get up and walk around.
Next, start incorporating exercises that are going to build a solid core to help protect your spine. If you have a strong trunk that is stabilized in the front, back and sides, your back will thank you. A stronger core also means you will be able to lift more weight, run faster, and swing stronger.
Here are my five favorite core exercises to bulletproof your spine.