Knockout Back Pain With Kettlebells
For some Americans, back pain seems as unavoidable as death and taxes. With four out of five people suffering from acute, short-term back issues (ranging from trauma to arthritis to everyday aches and pains), many of us assume it’s just inevitable. But, what we don’t assume is that much of our back health is in our control. What’s even more surprising is one of the most powerful tools to eliminate back pain is… drumroll please: The kettlebell! Let’s take a closer look at this powerful statement:
It’s all about the core. Back pain can be blamed on a host of causes: from muscle imbalance to bad posture, from weight issues to sleeping position. But, experts agree that the real solution lies, quite literally, at the core. That’s where we create stability in our bodies and where all movement originates. The kettlebell is a great tool for strengthening your core. First, these handy weights engage your center throughout every movement, which not only protects you from injury, but turns every exercise into a sculpting, toning, waist whittler. And, most of the movements in kettlebell training incorporate multiple muscle groups at once, targeting the arms, shoulders, abs, glutes, and legs in one workout. When you start to strengthen that core, you’re already on the road to a better back.
It’s all about the movement. It may seem sometimes that when treating back pain it can be counterintuitive — bed rest may cause more harm than good. And, you really wonder if getting up and moving around is good for you. Remember, if you are suffering, talk to a doctor first. But, chances are good that he or she will recommend an exercise routine rather than simply resting. A recent New York Times article highlighted the power of kettlebells when it comes to treating back and shoulder pain. In one Danish study, a group of middle-aged women saw their back pain reduced by 57 percent after training with kettlebells for just eight weeks. Now, that is something that you can’t ignore!
It’s all about convenience. You’ve probably heard me say it before, kettlebells are no longer just for extreme bodybuilders at the gym. I created my “Kettlebell Solution” so anyone can experience the benefits of kettlebells from the comfort of their own living room. And, those benefits go far beyond back strengthening. The twisting, swinging and thrusting motions used in kettlebell training are full-body sculptors, not to mention a great tool that can help you get “back” into health.