No matter the time of year, people are creating fitness plans to reach their goals. Some people aim to get in better shape, have a healthier diet, or lose weight.
Whatever the objective, people may experience discomfort in their lower back while working out. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, America Spends $50 Billion on Low Back Pain.
- 60 - 80% of the general population suffers from low back pain.
- Individuals who undergo low back pain are significantly more likely to experience additional lower back injuries, predisposing the individual to future osteoarthritis and long-term disability.
- Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States - only headache is more common. Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work.
- In up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, no specific cause of the pain can be identified.
Your posture can create pain up and down the spine. Correct posture is important during exercise and in every day life. Check your own posture. Is it arched, rounded, or does your torso lean forward? This can cause injury during exercise and will cause your workout to be ineffective.
Muscles will adapt to your altered posture and become over-used and tight or shortened and become to atrophy.
People loose coordination (Delayed Muscle Reaction) during exercise and tight muscles (Delayed Muscle Relaxation), which either lead to joint and or muscle injury.
A balanced fitness program can help. Attention to correcting posture and ensuring proper form is the key to an effective fitness program. Include strength, balance, agility, and cardiovascular fitness.
Madeline Romeo is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist As a runner, she competes in marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2009. She started as an Athletic Trainer for college athletes in 2000 and moved to coaching and personal training in 2006. Her motto: 'We all need a coach. We all need that person that can see our strength and abilities. That can push us further than we can push ourselves.'