Health Benefits of Exercising Your Back

Helping your back by doing physical activity not only helps you stay young, it can guarantee better overall physical fitness and mental and social well-being, and can even slow down the aging process.

Complete physical activity program

Mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance are the key ingredients to keeping your spine in good condition and helping prevent back pain. For those already suffering from back pain, on the other hand, these elements can help ensure a faster recovery while reducing the risk of relapse.

The best method is a complete physical activity program that includes exercises designed to promote good health, better physical fitness, and improved mental and social well-being.

The benefits of losing weight

It’s also important to include aerobic exercises, as these can help improve cardiovascular efficiency, and keep your weight under control, since being overweight is one of the main risk factors associated with back pain. It's important to start exercising at a moderate intensity, especially if you have been sedentary for a long time. By losing weight, you put less pressure and stress on your spine.

Exercising can slow down the aging process

Physical activity can slow the physiological changes that come with normal aging, such as the loss of bone and muscle mass. Exercising also improves the oxygenation of the tissues, thus giving a good supply of oxygen and nutrients to the intervertebral discs. In this manner, the degeneration of the intervertebral discs is slowed down as well.

The structures that make up the spine, or rather the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, all benefit from physical exercise, not just in the short term, but in the long term as well. Physical activity stimulates the overall musculoskeletal system in a way that helps to delay the aging process.

Back exercises help reduce stress

Doing exercise can reduce stress and muscle tension. Stress is one of the main contributing causes of back pain. Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins, which reduce pain and induce a state of well-being.

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