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Workouts to Avoid with Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Many people struggle with back pain. If you’re one of them, it doesn’t mean that you can’t remain active, it simply means that you have to be more selective about the activities you participate in so you can avoid making your back pain worse. Here are a few workouts you may want to consider benching from your friendly chiropractors at The Joint.


Sit-ups are an exercise you’ve probably been doing since middle school gym class, but it’s probably time to give them up for good. Even though they’re meant to create strong abdominal muscles, which you need to support a healthy back, sit-ups put stress and strain on your back as you perform them. If you already suffer from back pain, then the pressure placed on the discs of the spine as you perform these exercises can make back pain worse.


Squats are strength exercises that are great for strengthening the lower body. They’re not necessarily bad for your back, but the fact that people often perform them wrong makes them a dangerous exercise for people who already suffer from back pain. Poor form while performing squats puts pressure on the back when you bend with the lower back instead of keeping it straight.


Pounding the pavement as you jog can be really bad for your back, especially if you have a condition that causes you back pain. When your feet hit the ground, the shockwaves travel up your body to your spine. It also places pressure on your knees and hips as well, leading to problems in those joints for many people on top of back pain.


Do you need an excuse to get out of burpees at the gym? Well, back pain may be a good excuse, because the high-impact nature of burpees makes them really bad for backs. The impact of jumping up and doing push-ups puts some serious strain on your back, which can make a back problem worse. Try to find other ways to get your sweat on that doesn't involve burpees.

These exercises should be avoided, but rest assured there are still many forms of exercise that are OK if you suffer from back pain. Discuss your options with the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic when you’re in. You can keep fit and keep your back happy all at once!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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