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3 Low-Impact Cardio Exercises for Lower Back Pain

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





It's no surprise that the incidence of lower back pain among the general population seems to be increasing on an annual basis. People's lifestyles are becoming more sedentary – spending a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or television. 

Poor posture coupled with the lack of exercise from staring at a screen all day is the perfect recipe for lower back pain. If you are suffering from this kind of pain, it can get quite frustrating. Lower back pain can inhibit you from performing even basic tasks such as bending over, without experiencing discomfort. 

Low-impact cardio exercises that strengthen your core muscles work very well in not only alleviating lower back pain – they may also prevent future flare-ups. Here are three of the best exercises you can do to ease that pain.

Kickboard Swimming

Swimming is a great exercise for your entire body, but it can be taxing. Try swimming with a kickboard, it’s a great way to get some exercise in while not putting much strain on the lower back. A kickboard is used to support your upper body and help you put more emphasis on strengthening your legs and glutes. Go for a 20-minute session two times per week to help mix up your exercise routine. 

Brisk Walking

Walking is the undisputed king of low-impact cardio exercises. A brisk walk puts little to no strain on a sore lower back – walking can even help alleviate the pain by strengthening the back muscles and reducing strain. One of the best benefits of walking is that you can combine it with another enjoyable activity, such as listening to your favorite songs or socializing with a friend. Try and walk briskly for 30 minutes five days per week - you'll be amazed at the results. 

Stationary Bike

You don't need to enroll in a grueling 90-minute spinning class to get the best out of the stationary bike. As a low impact cardio exercise, it can be a great way to vary your routine without putting stress on the lower back. Another pivotal benefit of the stationary bike is that it strengthens the muscles of the leg and glutes, which support your back. Attempt to incorporate a 30-minute stationary bike session into your routine at least once a week to stop you from getting bored of walking. 

The above three exercises are great low-impact ways to get moving and help your lower back in the process. It's important to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, and remember not to rush into more intense exercises when suffering from lower back pain. Slow and steady wins the race.

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