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    Bad Back Suffers - How do you exercise

    I've suffered with chronic back pain for a couple of years caused by a bulging disc and advanced degenerative disc disease.

    I know I can help myself, but haven't found the right way yet. I always end up in pain and taking lots of Tramadol for days after any activity.

    What I would like to know is has anyone successfully eased their back pain through excercise and what did you do etc.
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    I'm not sure if it'll work for you, given your back problems, but I've had a lot of luck with pilates and yoga. Specifically the exercises that strengthen my core. Having stronger core muscles = better support for my back.

    I hope you find something that works equally well for you! xx
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    Thanks Grumpy Space Princess

    I have been thinking about yoga but I think a class would be too much for my back. Do you do it at home or a class?
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    Walking and swimming are two of the best ways of exercising without putting too much pressure on your back.

    You can also use dumbells to work on your arms while sitting down etc.
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    I like the idea of exercising with dumbells, I have a set upstairs gathering dust!

    I've tried walking but it took me 3/4 hours to walk a mile and I was in agony. I need really low impact. Or maybe I should start of little and build it up. It seems silly just walking for 10 minutes although as I'm typing I've realised I could maybe do it 3 times a day to make 30mins. I wonder if that would be enough to improve my fitness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by madebywoo View Post
    Thanks Grumpy Space Princess

    I have been thinking about yoga but I think a class would be too much for my back. Do you do it at home or a class?
    No problem. I do yoga at home with videos I find on YouTube. Here is the routine I usually do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3racIlTcg

    Swimming might be better for your situation than walking, as the water will support you and offer some pain relief. Even just getting in chest-deep water and walking back and forth can be a decent workout; the water offers resistance.

    YouTube also has some sitting down exercise videos that I used when I was building up my endurance. I like Tiffany Rothe's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZltPOg7KMw

    Though I don't think that is the exact one I used. I don't remember her being on a beach. Could be that she has more than one seated workout video!



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    Thank you for the links I will have a look.

    I love swimming, I used to swim a mile a day before I hurt my back, but money is a bit tight at the moment
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    I would definitely look at hiring a decent personal trainer to increase your back strength to help support your issues. I have scoliosis and it's always the start of every training regime for me - core strength and back strength. Everything else will then follow on from that.

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    Hi there, I dont know if you have found a solution yet but I know there are yoga classes out there specifically for people with back trouble, my local Chiropractor advertises one. Maybe you should see if theres something similar near you? Or ask around and see if any local instructors are specialised - there are extra courses they need to complete to make sure they have the right knowledge to help you.
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