Why you should work your back

Why you should work your back

The back is the powerhouse of the body along with the core muscles. Keeping us upright, giving strength and good posture, if your back is weak then so too is much of your body.

Working your back not only keeps you strong, but it ensures you keep back pain at bay, something that millions of people suffer from globally and which increases as we get older.

Not only will working your back ensure you remain stoop-free, you’ll also feel stronger.

Working the back will give muscle definition and you’ll get stronger arms as a result.

If the muscles around your spine are weak then your spine isn’t properly supported.

Look for a nice forward curve in your lower back and if it’s not then you know your core muscles are lacking.

This can eventually result in pain around the muscles and tendons due to a lack of support.

Holding yourself in a plank position is a good indicator to see how strong or weak your core muscles are. If you’re struggling to hold this position then it’s definitely time to start working your back some more.

One thing that many people don’t realise is that when you work your back you also kick up a gear in your metabolism.

As your posterior chain contains large muscle groups, you’ll burn more calories when you work out your back.

Good overall back health and working the back regularly will give you sculpted, more defined muscle tone, will ensure you walk tall, feel fit and healthy, and look strong.

Don’t neglect your back or you will end up regretting it later in life.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Paula C.
28 August 2017

Paula C.

The best thing for a strong back is yoga, hands down, and that's from someone who has is very prone to bad backs and strains. Take it slowly, no forcing, and it will become strong and supple - the perfect back.

Michael A.
9 August 2017

Michael A.

I must admit I don't consciously do exercises for my back. But I have never had back problems so never felt the need to. I hope that working my core a lot will also help support my back...

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