Dr. Rajani Patil

Back Pain? Stop These Exercises!

May, 2017
The Master Responds

"I hurt my back while I was doing crunches!" I have heard this not just once but numerous times. Back pain is one of the commonest ailments that afflict the modern man; partly because of sedentary life that weakens core muscles but partly also because in the race to get fit quickly, exercises that shouldn’t really be done are done with great zeal. This leads to a back injury and then of course all exercise is given up forever. The solution is to know the right kind of exercises for your body and this only comes from consulting a professional. Anyone who joins a gym without hiring a certified fitness trainer is looking for trouble. The same goes for anyone who begins an exercise program on their own at home by following online videos.

In my experience the worst five exercises to do if you want to injure your back are as follows:

SIT-UPS OR CRUNCHES.

This may be the most unnecessary and most dangerous exercise done. In the elusive chase to get "six packs", people end up doing a zillion sit-ups a day; mostly incorrectly. Even if they were done the right way, not only are sit-ups not very effective to strengthen to core and to get a "six pack"; it is also making your back more vulnerable to back pain and 'slipped disc'. As an alternative do exercises that work on the core in a wholesome way without putting your back at risk. Doing planks and side planks are more challenging, fun and much more effective. So my advice is to completely eliminate sit-ups from your work-out routine.


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