5 Best Exercises To Beat Back Pain

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By: // November 21, 2020

Whether you are trying to fix back pain or avoid it, we’ve got the five best exercises for you! Back pain seems to be as regular as the common cold. Rare is the person who doesn’t experience back pain at some point in their life. And is it just me, or does it seem to be starting earlier in life all the time? Back pain used to be the complaint of either the older person or perhaps the occasional assembly line worker who spent hours at a time in the same position all day.

Now, due to one extreme or another, back pain has taken hold of all ages and all different lifestyles. Picture these two extremes:

  1. Sedentary Susan has back pain because she sits at a desk all day which produces tight hip-flexors, poor posture, weak abdominals, and stiff, sedentary muscles.
  2.  Jumping Jane has a rigorous fitness schedule. The repetitive motion of running and jumping produces pounding of the bodyweight on her spine. In addition, her lack of stretching following a training session creates tight hips and hamstrings which pull on the bac

Two entirely different situations, but the same outcome: a bad back!

Even those who don’t fall into those categories feel back pain from bad mattresses, poor walking posture, standing too much, sitting too much, repetitive golf or tennis swings, and the list goes on. I guess once you start to consider it, the answer as to why it’s more and more common seems obvious. So what’s the solution?

No matter what the cause, back pain can be helped by two things:

  1. Stretching the back and legs
  2. Strengthening the entire core

Practice the following five exercises on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and get rid of that aching back.

Full Body Roll-Up

  • Strengthens core in a slow, controlled motion.
  • Teaches you to articulate your spine.
  • Stretches the muscles in the back and legs that cause tightness in the back

Don't let back pain control your life! These 5 exercises are the best exercises to strengthen and stretch that pain away! #workout A) Lie flat on your back with your arms extended overhead.

B) Inhale arms to the sky, exhale and slowly roll up into a “C” curve reaching for your toes. (Think about threading your belly button to your spine, and activate your transverse abdominus.)

C) Inhale and start to slowly go back in a C curve.

D) Exhale as you uncurl your body one vertebra at a time back into the mat.

Be sure to keep your feet on the ground as you move slowly. Perform 6-8 roll-ups.

Bird Dog

  • Teaches the body to use core for stability
  • Strengthens abs and low back
  • Lengthens spinal column/posture

Don't let back pain control your life! These 5 exercises are the best exercises to strengthen and stretch that pain away! #workout A) Kneel on the mat on all fours. Reach one arm long, draw in the abdominals, and extend the opposite leg long behind you.

B) Repeat on the other side.

Perform 8-10 per side. Move slow and steady, holding arm and leg out momentarily before switching.

Forearm Plank

  • Strengthens all core muscles
  • Engages stabilizers
  • Teaches lengthening/posture

Don't let back pain control your life! These 5 exercises are the best exercises to strengthen and stretch that pain away! #workout

A) Begin lying on the floor with your forearms flat on the floor, making sure that your elbows are aligned directly under your shoulders.

B) Engage your core and raise your body up off the floor, keeping your forearms on the floor and your body in a straight line from head to feet. Keep your abdominals engaged and try not to let your hips rise or drop.

Hold forearm plank for 30 seconds to start, trying to progress to a 60 second hold.


  • Strengthens back extensors
  • Teaches core muscles to grip during movement
  • Engages core

Don't let back pain control your life! These 5 exercises are the best exercises to strengthen and stretch that pain away! #workout

A) Lie on your stomach with the legs and arms extended. Engage your abdominals so you feel your transverse abdominis contract.

B) Lift your arms and legs off the floor and keep your nose in a hover above the mat.  Flutter your arms and legs, moving from the hips and shoulders (not the knees and elbows) like you are swimming.

The goal is to keep the body stable as the limbs flutter quickly. Try for 30 seconds and work your way up to 60 seconds.

Child’s Pose

  • Stretches the back
  • Promotes relaxation

Don't let back pain control your life! These 5 exercises are the best exercises to strengthen and stretch that pain away! #workout

A) Begin with hands and knees on the mat, knees separated to the outer edges of the mat.

B) Sit your tailbone down and back between your heels and lower your belly between your thighs.

C) Stretch your arms long in front of you and relax your forehead onto the mat. Breathe fully and hold as long as you’d like.

Technically this is a stretch not an exercise, but you don’t want to leave this off your list. The relief feels amazing. Hold for 30 second to 1 minute.

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on December 27, 2016 at 4:32 AM Reply

Completely agree with Mike. Should not be attempted under any circumstances by anyone. The body roll is basically just a version of the old school PE sit up - which has probably been responsible for a whole generation of middle aged back problem sufferers. Best case scenario, if you could keep your heels on the floor and use the strength of your stomach muscles to lift your torso, then it would do your back no harm. But that's virtually impossible. If it was possible, it would only benefit your stomach muscles - which wouldn't need it if they were already strong enough to lift your torso while keeping your heels on the floor

on November 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM Reply

I'm 45 years old and I can say that streches, physiotherapy and exercises are must, if you want to treat sciatica. I had a severe form of it, but now it's gone. I'm a busy person, so I had no time for physical therapy at hospital or rehab centre. I didn't know what to do back then, the pain was killing me... So, I did a research and found an alternative treatment which don't require me a lot of time and money. It's an e-book, written by a former sciatica sufferer. I admit, I learned a lot from him. He taught me almost everything about sciatica and how to cure it. I followed everything carefully and I've got prompt results - I completely got rid of sciatica in only 1 week. Crazy right? Till now it's not coming back, so I started to think that the result was permanent. I recommend every sciatica sufferer to read this e-book because it does wonders. I'm leaving a link to a review of that e-book: www*dietandhealthreviews*com/sciatica-sos-review ( be sure to replace * with a dot, because I can't post links here, sorry )

on May 27, 2015 at 1:50 PM Reply

The "Full Body Roll-up" will further tighten the hip-flexors, which your article pointed out was a problem for "Susan," and it also puts tremendous pressure on the discs as you lift up. One of the worst exercises you could do if you had any back pain.

    on May 29, 2015 at 1:36 PM Reply

    We appreciate your comment and agree with you depending on what your back pain is all about. Doing full body roll-ups and Pilates can be beneficial for some back issues. For my personal back pain, full body roll-ups help me stretch my back and make it stronger as well as strengthen my core to protect my back. I have a completely degenerated disc between L4 and L5 but no nerve issues. Bottom line, always consult with your doctor and/or physical therapist first … as everyone’s back pain is different.

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