The key here is often moderation. Don’t over-exercise or push your lower back too much. This often exacerbates back pain or previous back injuries. Even if the back feels really good, don’t push it; back pain often appears the following day.
That being said, how and “ what exercises can I do? ” The best thing to do is try to keep the back stable. For example, if doing abdominals, do leg raises where you keep your back flat (stable and immobile). Raise your legs and rear slightly off the floor, hold a couple seconds then relax and repeat. Keep in mind for this move, as well as other exercises, to bend the knees. This will take pressure off of your lower back.
Also, use less weight. What you’ll find is that even when doing shoulders, you will work the lower back. So for this example, if doing shoulder raises, keep your back stable and use less weight.
Some other important tips are to use proper foot wear when working out. This can help shock absorbtion but also foot and leg alignment which can work into the back. Also, stretching before and/or after your workout can help prevent an injury or making one worse. Lastly, a lumbar support belt can help hold the lower back in place. I don't advocate using it all the time because we want your back to strengthen but if you are currently dealing with a low back injury it's helpful.
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