[Exercise Videos] Core Strengthening for Low Back Pain

core strengthening for low back pain

You’ve heard that core strengthening may be an option to help alleviate and even prevent low back pain – so what, you wonder, are the right core exercises for you? You’ve heard sit-ups can damage your back, crunches are old news, the newest ab machines advertised on QVC are just gimmicks, and now you’re just confused…

Let’s demystify the concept of core strengthening once and for all. Let’s talk about why core strengthening is important, how certain core muscles help give you support, and cover some key exercises that can begin to progress you in the right direction toward strengthening your core the right way…

The Plank: How To Do It Right

Are You Getting the Most Out Of Your Plank?

Plank Exercise how to do it right

If strengthening your core is of any importance to you, there’s no doubt you’ve attempted a plank once or twice. I try to incorporate some form of a plank at least once per week – it has become a staple in my exercise toolbox. The beauty of the plank is that it works multiple abdominal muscles while putting very little stress on the lumbar spine. It’s also easy to do – you don’t need any equipment and it gives you that burn in your abs that hurts so good. It’s simple and effective.

There’s more to the plank, though, than meets the eye. It’s more than just holding a straight position for as long as you can.

Although you’re likely already reaping the benefits from your efforts, there are a few tweaks you can make to maximize your benefits.

Here’s some suggestions to make sure – from head to toe – you’re getting the most out of your planks.