Back Pain? Workout at Work!

If you suffer from back pain don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. 80% of all people in western industrialized societies will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Unfortunately one of the worst things you can do for your spine health is sit. Why? Sitting puts a lot more pressure on your spine than either standing or walking. In fact, our bodies were designed to be upright and moving for most of the day. Many people are under the impression that sitting takes the pressure off the low back when in reality the opposite is true. When you’re sitting in even the most expensive ergonomically correct chair, most of the weight of your upper body is resting squarely on your low back and hips; even worse the postural muscles of your core that are supposed to help support your spine tend to relax allowing the skeletal system to shift and move, often causing your head to dip forward. This can cause a stiff neck and back pain. Down the line this can lead to long term injury and a lot of back pain. Sitting for long periods of time can also change how the muscles perform. Some muscles can get short and tight pulling on the pelvis and spine, while other muscles get weak and fail to support the spine. The end result is back pain. So if you have to sit all day, how do you get back pain relief? Try this great relaxer for back pain relief along with the following back stretches and exercises for a stronger back. Here are a couple of things you can do right at your desk to stretch your back and make it stronger.

Who’d have thought you could workout at work. That’s a novel idea!


KentHeadshotModifiedKent Burden is the creator of the “Workout at Work” e-book series. The first two books in the series are “Workout at Work: 25 Upper Body Strength Exercises with Resistance Bands to do at Your Desk,” and “Workout at Work: 25 Lower Body Strength Exercises to do at Your Desk.” Other recent books include “Exercise Sucks! The Secret to Losing Weight Without Really Trying” and “Is Your Chair Killing You?” All of Kent’s books are available at

His work has been published in Shape, Fitness, Self and Body and Soul among others and he has appeared on TVs Access Hollywood where he was named yoga instructor to the stars.