Your exercise program is going well, but, when you stand in front of a full-length mirror and appraise your body what do you think of your back? Are there any areas you need to work on? Maybe it’s those side bulges where your thighs meet your torso or perhaps it’s a post-baby tummy that has lasted too long. For many women, it’s your back that’s not as defined as you would like.
Being concerned about the appearance of your back is not just an aesthetic fixation. The way your back looks is an indication of how much exercise your back is getting. Exercising your back may be far more important to your overall good health, now and for years to come.
Many people don’t pay attention to their back until they have an injury. Such injury often comes not from accidents, but everyday activities. If you sit for hours in front of a computer screen at work or home, lift heavy objects or stand in one place for a long time, you may end up with an injured back and back pain. Back injuries cause more lost time at work than injuries to other parts of the body.
Most injuries can be avoided, and pain can many times be relieved, by doing exercises to strengthen both the muscles and bones in your back.
Key muscles contributing to a healthy back include those that pull your back forward, extend it downward and lift it upright. When you help those muscles become stronger and more flexible, you support the spine and protect your back from harm.
Pilates exercises are good for the back. The focus of Pilates is on the muscles of the abdominals and the lower back and its moves mimic day to day movements. Because of its focus, Pilates has become popular in rehabilitation as well as fitness. Many of the exercises in my 30 Minutes to a New You incorporate the Pilates principles.
You can build your bone strength in your spine by lifting weights at safe levels. Don’t overdue it! My exercises include strength training with the addition of light weights and advancements. All designed for the feminine body to define your curves and empower your beauty.
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~ Karen Ficarelli
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