5 Best and Worst Exercises for Back Pain

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Here’s the thing about exercising with back pain: Depending on how you do it, you could end up feeling phenomenally better—or equally worse. How do you ensure it’s the former? Know the best and worst exercises for back pain.

After all, strengthening the muscles that support the spine, getting nutrient-rich blood flow to injured tissues, and promoting healthy mobility and movement patterns is critical to both easing existing back pain and reducing the risk of future flare-ups, explains Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., strength coach and owner of CORE training studio outside Boston.

On the flip side, too much stress on your lower back can injure muscles, ligaments, and tendons and contribute to bulging or herniated discs. That stress is usually due to poor exercise form or joint mobility, Gentilcore says. “Many people are locked up in their mid-back…

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