How can I prevent back pain?
- Get regular exercise. Regular activity keeps your body strong and flexible to help support your back. Establish and maintain a regular exercise program that includes aerobic training (such as walking, swimming, or cycling) as well as stomach and back strengthening.
- Manage your weight. Extra pounds put extra stress on your back. To lose weight, eat more fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods. Keep portions small, avoid junk food and exercise regularly! Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid activities that require heavy lifting, trunk twisting or bodily vibration. These activities can place stress and strain on your back. Avoid them when possible - and always use proper body mechanics.
- Reduce stress. Stress has also been shown to affect low back pain. Stress can cause muscular tension and sometimes spasm. Look at ways to reduce or manage the stress in your life.
- Don't smoke. Studies show that smokers have twice as much back pain as non-smokers. Ask your doctor about resources to quit and learn more about our Tobacco Treatment Programs.
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