Low back pain can be a very troubling problem which can cost you time from school and work while also
making it difficult to do anything much at home. WebMD writes that low back pain is very common among adults and is generally caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. MedPage Today reported on Oct. 10, 2013, "Exercise Eases Low Back Pain."
Obesity can certainly aggravate back pain. It is possible to alleviate this pain by engaging in a moderate amount of exercise. The researchers have found both increased BMI and inactivity are independent risk factors for low back pain. Large improvements in dealing with back pain can be made by making some very modest changes in activity.
An average overweight person who increases the amount of moderate activity such as brisk walking, riding a bike, or even general gardening by less than 20 minutes a day can reduce back pain risk by 32 percent. For very overweight people with BMIs of 36 or more, it was found the average duration of time which was spent during a period of moderate activity was 1.3 minutes. However, it was seen that by increasing that time by 1 minute, the risk of back pain was lowered by 38 percent. The bottom line is losing weight and exercise generally help alleviate back pain.