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Back pain is the second leading cause of disability for those ages 19-45. Over 85 billion dollars is spent annually due to back pain. Often it is a chronic pain that has been brought on by years of degenerative changes.

Factors which increase your risk for low back pain include obesity, smoking, advanced age, being female, physically strenous or sedentary work, a stressful job, anxiety and depression.

Exercise is a great way to prevent back pain and to alleviate minor pain.  More serious pain may require medical treatment or physical therapy.

Some back care tips:

1) When sitting, position your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle.

2) Choose a properly designed chair to support your lower back.

3) Place your feet shoulder width apart and use the buttock and thigh muscles to push yourself up from sitting to standing.

4) Keep your back in its natural alignment when walking.  The legs and arms should swing naturally during forward motion.

5) When lifting, place the feet a minimum of shoulder width apart, keep the load close, maintain a straight spinal position, and lift with the large muscles of the legs.

6)  Avoid twisting and bending of the lower back.

Using common sense, exercising regularly, and implementing these tips should decrease your chances of suffering from chronic back pain.

Let us help you get started today on an exercise program that will decrease your risks of chronic back pain.  Check us out at www.innovationsfitness.com.