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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: September 24, 2019

Get Rolling for a Healthy, Happy Back!

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Did you know 80 percent of the population will have low back pain in their lifetime? Exercise, sleep, work, travel and family time can all be affected negatively by lower back pain.

So how can we combat lower back pain? Get moving! Walking, swimming, yoga, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes daily can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Myofascial release is another technique that focuses on smoothing myofascial tissues—the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles—to increase mobility and reduce pain. This can be done with the help of a foam roller, which can be found at most athletic stores.

Here are some other key points to keep in mind during your daily activities:

  • Always stretch before exercise or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Sit in a chair with good lumbar support.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy.
  • Maintain proper nutrition and diet to reduce and prevent excessive weight gain.

Plano Parks and Recreation has a variety of classes lined up in October for all experience levels to give back pain the boot. You can learn more about these and other classes at Recreation Online.

Chair Yoga 50+: A great intro for those with decreased mobility by using a chair while practicing standing, balancing and lengthening postures.
Pilates 50+: Pilates improves posture as well as breathing and strength by using slow, controlled movements to improve core strength and reshaping the body.
Relaxing Yoga Flow: Decompress your body and mind with breathing, meditation and a well-balanced physical yoga practice.
Essentrics Release, Rebalance & Restore: A slow and gentle, full-body stretch and strengthen workout that focuses on increasing mobility, flexibility and relieving aches, pains and joint stiffness.
LiveWire Balance & Strength: Work on your balance by strength while using dynamic stretching and foam rolling to increase muscle tone as well as your range of motion.

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