Tons of folks suffer from back pain. The National Institutes of Health estimates Americans spend about $50 billion a year on treating back pain. A commonly held belief is that if you have back pain, your problem is with your back, but for many that is just the place where the pain occurs, the true cause is in the tummy. For me, it’s a rather large tummy.
Weight gain that is concentrated in the belly as opposed to distributed evenly throughout the body is a major cause of back pain. A study this spring by the University of Illinois suggests even modest amounts of exercise can help reduce belly fat, and with it potentially the pain in your back. On the more serious side, belly fat is also a predictor of potential heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Another key to losing the belly fat is working on overall muscle mass, which when increased will improve your metabolism rate. This will help you burn calories faster and when combined with sensible eating contribute to a lost of belly fat. It’s a good cycle that is difficult to begin and harder to continue on a regular basis.
As the winter months approach, making sure you have a routine that is enjoyable and varied is important to sustaining your exercise commitment. Some home gyms or exercise machines are specially designed to work your core muscle groups including much of the overweight concentrated in the belly, others provide a more full body workout. In this video,you’ll notice this equipment, called the Lean Machine, is fairly versatile with a small weight selection in the back and an apparatus for stretching and aerobic exercises.
Other back pain sufferers claim an inversion table works wonders to relieve their lower back pain. Can’t wait for your new machine, here are some back pain exercises from the Mayo Clinic.
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