5 risk factors to a bad back
80% of over 40 year olds will experience back pain. That’s a lot! Are you one of them?
However we can all experience it at any stage in life but some people can be more at risk.
This can be down to a number of things;
Bad technique – lifting wrong, pulling from your back and not your glutes. Do you know if your squatting correctly? Do you have weak glutes? Are you doing movements in the gym you aren’t sure your doing right? Deadlifts and squats are very important in training but can very easily put your back out if your doing them incorrectly. Why not have a session with myself to correct technique and learn something new too.
Overweight – putting extra pressure on your spine and joints. Do you know what you should be eating to lose weight? Are you exercising? I can help you lose weight, eat right and feel amazing. Losing weight doesn’t have to be boring.
Poor posture – have you had a posture analysis and know which muscles are tight? Do you know Pilates exercises that can help increase mobility, strength and core stability? If muscles are tight they pull on joints and can cause injuries. You may never be able to do the splits but let’s get muscles stretched, flexible and supple, and you feeling mobile again.
Pregnancy – extra weight puts more pressure on the lower back and the pelvis shifts anteriorly emphasising lordosis. Lower back pain is common in pregnant women so doing exercises to strengthen and stretch is vital. It’s so important to keep active in pregnancy to keep you and your baby strong. It will also prepare your body for the birth and getting back into exercise after the birth.
Stress and depression has been linked to back problems. Exercise can really help to alleviate both. Exercising maybe the last thing you want to do but you will feel better after and your back will thankyou. When you exercise your body releases happy hormones, this really helps with people suffering from depression and can even over time replace medication (always consult your gp before stopping medication). If your stressed you release cortisol which can lead to over eating when stressed and mostly for sugar as your blood sugar levels drop due to higher levels of insulin. Exercise can release that stress and help you manage your stress levels in the future.
Exercise is so important for these risk factors that can ultimately put you in a worse condition if you get a bad back. Please protect your back, we only have one! I cannot stress this enough for the quality of your backs life.
As always please Contact me for any advice or to arrange a pt session. I work from your home or pure gym aswell as providing online training.