What is Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain (LBP) is a common problem among lifters. Lifting weights causes strain on your back muscles which are responsible for supporting your body weight and bending it forward. If these muscles do not receive sufficient support, they will become tight due to overuse. Tightness in the lumbar spine can cause pain and even lead to damage.
How Do You Get Lower Back Pain?
You may have experienced low back pain when performing any type of exercise such as lifting weights, jumping rope, running, etc. There are many reasons why you might experience LBP:
Overuse – Many people lift heavy weights for long periods of time without rest. They develop muscular tension in their backs and legs causing them to tighten up.
– Some people train too hard and injure themselves because they are unable to recover properly from the stress placed on their bodies during training sessions. Poor Posture – Many people have poor posture when standing or sitting.
This can cause your back muscles to become very tight which can lead to pain and discomfort.
What to Do If You Get Lower Back Pain?
How should you deal with back pain, especially if you are a regular lifter?
Here are a few tips to prevent and eliminate lower back pain:
Manage Your Expectations – If you’re new to lifting weights, you should not expect to experience immediate results. Your body needs time to recover from the stress placed on it during training.
Do Not Overwork Yourself – It is important to let your body rest between training sessions.
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