When lower-back pain flares up, working out seems like a bad idea. Might as well go home and do some reps on Netflix, right? Not necessarily.
A new study published in The Spine Journal shows that lower-back pain that is a result of degenerative discs responds well to weightlifting. The researchers in the experiment found that isolated lumbar extension exercises using a heavy load but low volume and low frequency actually imparted a regenerative effect on damaged intervertebral discs.
Whether you suffer from chronic lower-back pain or not, it’s smart to include some weighted hyperextensions or machine trunk extensions into your program. If you want to start slowly, begin by doing sets of prone press-ups, what they call the cobra pose in yoga.