Summer Activities That Prevent Back Pain

With warm summer weather comes many opportunities to allow us to do the activities that we truly enjoy best. This is particularly true especially in states like New Jersey and New York that have long winters and short summers. In fact, it seems as though the weather in recent years completely jumps over Spring and becomes Summer immediately when the weather drastically changes from 50-90 degrees overnight.

During the summer, people instantly want to take advantage of the beautiful weather by jumping right into activities like gardening, golfing, surfing, kayaking, mountain climbing, playing sports, and traveling. Although being active in the summer is great for your body and mind, if not done properly, you may cause shock to your body that will result in back pain or even worse, spinal injuries like a herniated disc or bulging disc.

It’s very important to ease into these activities by starting slow, taking breaks, and taking the proper precautions like warming up, stretching, drinking lots of water, and wearing the recommended comfortable equipment.

While researching, I have found endless amounts of articles online that list summer activities that are good for your body and activities that will cause back pain, but what summer activities can you enjoy that will not cause back pain? Or better yet, which summer activities can actually prevent or relieve back pain? This was a question I had a hard time finding answers to online. Maybe you’re already experiencing back pain and feel that it is prohibiting you from having fun in the sun. In this case, what can you do?

In the following, I have compiled a list for those of you who are looking for summer activities that will not only avoid back pain, but will actually do your back pain some good and help prevent future pain. Before attempting the following, make sure that you research the proper techniques to avoid any back pain. If done right, they will put you on the right path to maintaining your back health.

Now go out there and enjoy the rest of your summer!

• Swimming
• Walking/Hiking
• Biking/Cycling
• Beach Yoga
• Water Aerobics