By: Dr. Vikas Varma
There’s nothing worse than showing up stiff and sore to the office or passing on the weekend golf game on account of your back—nothing worse, that is, than knowing your injury was preventable. The good news is that protecting your back doesn’t require an extensive knowledge of yoga or Pilates. Prevention takes strong core muscles and simple back stretches that incorporate more than just bending and twisting.
The abs, pelvis, and leg muscles depend on the back for support; but our backs depend on these muscles in just the same way. Exercising your core is a great way to strengthen this support network to prevent future back injuries. If you’ve been noticing any extra strains or soreness in your back, stretch frequently, but think also about aligning your workout to focus a bit more on your core.