3. Walk away from it. Walking keeps your back healthy by conditioning your whole body. Its natural rhythm of contraction and relaxation strengthens the postural muscles. A brisk stroll may also help your body release endorphins – hormones that subdue pain. Try walking or some other aerobic exercise for 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Swimming, cycling and running, yoga or Pilates are good too.
4. Supported sleeping. Your mattress should provide proper support, be flat and even and not sag. A bed loses a tremendous amount of firmness as it ages. A mattress is like a pair of shoes. It may suit your needs at one time, but it wears out as time goes by. Invest in a good one. Usually medium is better than very hard. But test what suits you best before you buy, whether it’s soft or hard that you prefer. A good indication is sleeping more comfortably in a specific hotel bed.
5. Tobacco taboo. You may not want to hear this, but smoking is not only bad for your general health, but specifically for your back: it increases the overall aging of your spine. Try to quit the habit as soon as possible if you suffer from back problems.