Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pain During Exercise
Listen to your body
(HealthDay News) -- It's important to challenge yourself during exercise. But you should never ignore pain -- a sign that you're potentially stressing or damaging your joints.
The Cleveland Clinic offers this advice for people who exercise to strengthen the back:
Don't jump rope, which can cause too much stress on the spinal disks.
Running is fine, as long as you're not in pain.
Wear sturdy, supportive shoes or sneakers while walking or running. Avoid uneven surfaces.
Stop exercising if you feel back pain that is worsening or spreading into the legs.
Work with a physician or physical therapist if you have pain during exercise or activity.
Pay attention to your body's warning signs that you're pushing yourself too hard.