One of the major problems in today’s society is chronic back pain.This can be strongly attributed to our sedentary lives. We seem to spend majority of our days on our backsides. Various reports from UK and USA have an average of 14hrs a day! Contributing to this is our sitting posture. You all know it, the slouched shoulders, curved lower spine. It is no wonder people are having such issues.
Another factor is lack of exercise, mainly weights. Stepping on the treadmill with your favourite mag for 15 minutes building up a light sweat is not going to cut it. Don’t get me wrong any exercise is better than none, however you must have a balanced weight program.
Weights are vitally important in your overall well being. Not only does it make your metabolism burn 1.5 x more than just cardio, it increases bone density and functionally makes life so much easier. Just think of carrying in the shopping, walking up flights of stairs. I am always amazed to see many people struggle with such easy day to day activities.
A balanced weight work out should included legs, chest and back. A balanced push – pull program will give you a whole body work out. The back is often over looked, I’m guessing because people do not look at it.
Including back exercises in your program improves your posture, help you stand more upright thus making you feel more confident and can get rid of that dreaded back fat that sometimes overhangs the bra. Aside from the aesthetics, weakness in your lower back can lead to your hips being out of alignment causing hamstring issues. Weak upper back can lead to roll shoulders, giving you a poor posture. This in turn functionally puts the shoulders out of their correct alignment, the shoulder girdle is the least stable joint in the body. Not having strong back (including shoulders) puts you at risk of injury. Simple activities like pulling heaving suitcases and then lifting a case onto the top of a car can be all that it takes.
Society seem to not realise that functionally a balanced weight program will not only benefit the activities of daily life but also make you healthier, stronger and less prone to a myriad of health issues later in life.
Talk to your PT and ask them for tips on keeping your back strong and keeping you aligned and standing tall.