How come I Get A Stiff Back After Workout

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There are several reasons why you get a stiff back after workout and it is important to understand why it is happening to prevent it worsening.

Overdoing the workout is one of the obvious reasons for stiff back, especially for those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. In the initial enthusiasm of getting fit, warning signals of pain may be overlooked in the bid to achieve the perfect body and this can quickly lead to injury.

A Warm-up Routine Prevents Stiff Back

A warm-up routine that incorporates low-level aerobic exercises and gentle stretches and a slow cool down also with stretches should always be followed to respectively warm and cool the muscles or you will create a situation where you get a stiff back muscles after training.

Starting at beginner level is a must – people often overestimate fitness levels and injuries occur during the first workout. Initially avoid impact or contact sports as serious injuries including head and spinal, can occur to novices who are not fit enough to protect themselves.

Good Foot Ware Prevents Stiff Back

For those who have been working out for some time and have achieved a reasonable level of fitness, it may be worth taking a closer look at the shoes worn during physical activity to assess their suitability. The foot should be correctly supported with ample cushioning to the sole to protect both the foot and the lower body and back.

Prolonged Periods of Running can Cause Stiff Back

High-level aerobics and prolonged periods of running can cause shock to move up the legs to the pelvis and lower back if the impact of the foot to the ground isn’t correctly cushioned.  Over time this can cause stiff lower back pain and eventual injury.

Over 20% of weight training injuries involve the lower back. It is important to begin with lighter weights and build up gradually increasing muscle strength. Using a weight-training belt can give essential support and reduce stress to the back.

Correct lifting is essential to prevent strain and injury. If it were suspected that a weight-training workout is causing a stiff back it would be sensible to modify the workout and emphasize the muscles that surround and support the lower back.

If there does not appear to be a specific reason for a stiff back following your workout, it would be wise to consult a physician. Avoid sports that involve bending like cycling, or create sudden jarring movements like squash.

Adding swimming to an exercise program can help maintain fitness whilst at the same time protect the back through the buoyancy of the water. Warm water exercise is extremely beneficial for stiffness.

Revising the exercise program to include back strengthening exercises and stretches to improve flexibility will help protect the back. Toning the abdomen is also important as combined with the back it acts like a corset giving support to the spine and improving posture preventing stiff back syndrome.

A stiff back after work out may just be the result of a minor ‘tweak’. It can also be a warning. Reviewing the workout regime and the footwear, and making adaptations where necessary may be enough to maintain a strong healthy back.