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How to: Training to Avoid Back Injuries Down the Road.

Bad backs and related injuries can be absolutely debilitating. They can translate to time out of work, sleepless nights and chronic pain. So it’s no wonder that people are very weary when it comes to their backs and exercise.

The reality is, the best way to prevent debilitating back injuries down the road is to train regularly. If you go to the gym sporadically – on and off, or just on the weekends – then you’re more likely to experience back problems than a regular gym-goer.

Because so many people fear future back problems, there’s a tendency to skip back workouts. Ironically, it’s one of the worst things you can do. Using weights and machine to train your core, back and lower back is hugely beneficial in preventing back problems – or aiding in a faster recovery. It has been proven that muscular development leads to shorter recovery times if back surgery becomes necessary.

In addition to muscular development, lengthening tight muscles through stretching also helps prevent back injury; spend a few minutes stretching after each workout.

And last but not least, allow for proper recovery times. Just like any muscle group, if your back muscles are sore from a previous workout, don’t exercise them again until they recover! Exercising an already weakened muscle is a recipe for injury.

Bottom line: To prevent back injuries down the road engage in a comprehensive strength training program that includes core, back and lower back exercises, stretch at the end of your workouts and allow for muscle recovery.