A treadmill can be a great way to get your cardio workout within the comfort of your home. Especially if you cannot go outdoors due to inclement weather, walking on a good, high quality treadmill can help you lose weight while keeping your heart in good shape. However, a treadmill can also be the source of back pain for some and thus a discouragement to working out the number of times required each week to keep you in shape. Back pain is one of the main reasons that people stop from continuing their exercise program.
But back pain while walking on a treadmill can be dealt with effectively and even prevented if you take the right steps in understand the causes and keeping proper posture and support while working out. Identifying the source of your back pain can lead to a quick adjustment and prevention of the pain from reoccurring. Here are a few tips you can use to help you identify then prevent the back pain you are experiencing on the treadmill. Before you begin however, if the back pain you feel is constant or growing in intensity rather than the typical soreness that comes and goes when you work out, it is advisable that you see your physician as soon as possible as this may be a symptom of a more serious medical problem.
Identifying your back pain from walking on the treadmill begins with understanding when the back pain occurs and from what causes. Primarily, the source of back pain can be from your muscles not being properly warmed up, your posture or stance as you walk and even the from the type of shoes you are wearing that might be placing your body out of its proper position.
Warming Up you Muscles: Start slowly in order to get your muscles ready for the harder work ahead. You’ll even want to stretch a bit first before you get on the treadmill, first your legs then your back so that you are not hitting the treadmill cold. Once you’ve warmed up, then you can start picking up the speed and get your heart up to the proper level.
Posture: Most back muscle pain comes from not standing in the correct position. Arching your shoulders forward can put more pressure on your lower back. If you have a full length mirror, place it wear you can see yourself walking, then make the right corrections. Again, start slowly and adjust gradually as you have worked yourself into this habit and it will take time to correct.
Shoes: Your workout shoes should have enough padding to absorb the impact. If your shoes are worn out, then the impact of each foot hitting the treadmill will resonate up to your lower back. Replacing your shoes after they wear out can save you considerable back pain.
All in all, these are but a few suggestions and if your treadmill has places to help you balance, then by all means use them to take pressure off of your back when you need it. By following this simply guideline, you can start walking without annoying back pain then next time you hit the treadmill.