Anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at least some part of their life. Around four million Australians, or 16 percent of the population, have back problems in general.
When your back causes grief, you can often feel like fitness and exercise is out of the question. How are you supposed to move around when you’re in so much pain? The truth is, some exercises are better than others for alleviating or not agitating injuries and painful areas. Some, you should avoid altogether. Here are a few activities that could cause lower back pain.
The Superman Exercise
A popular stretching and strengthening exercise is the superman position, which involves lying on your stomach and reaching your hands and feet upward. While you might think this position is strengthening your body, it’s actually hyperextending your spine. You may not see any repercussions from this position, but it’s not worth risking if you already have problems with back pain.
Most people know how beneficial the planking position is for them. It strengthens your core and can help with pain in your back from the resultant additional strength. However, if you do it wrong, you are doing more harm than good for your lower back.