3 exercises to help prevent back pain

Reduce back pain by strengthening the muscles in the back.

According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work, and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. One of the best ways to prevent back pain is by strengthening the different muscles in the back. By completing these three simple exercises a few times a week, you can protect yourself from unnecessary back pain.


Forearm plank

Do this exercise face down on a mat by stretching your body lengthwise. Line up your elbows beneath your shoulders and push up. Push your toes down with your ankles at a 90-degree angle. Keep your shoulders, hips and heels in line. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.


Glute bridge

Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and your legs at a 45-degree angle. Lift your pelvis so your core and legs are straight. Hold for 5 seconds. Lower and repeat 15 times.


Rotational side plank

Form a plank position. Lift your right arm into the air, rotating your entire body in a straight line. Hold for 5 seconds. Switch sides and hold again. Repeat for 10 rotations.

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