Living with back pain can be difficult and uncomfortable. The best thing you can do is be pro-active and do your part to prevent back pain altogether. One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain, especially as you age, is exercise regularly in order to keep your back muscles strong. Exercises that increase balance and strength can decrease your risk of falling and injuring your break or breaking bones. Exercises such as tai chi and yoga, or any weight-bearing exercise that challenges your balance are good options to venture into and try.
A healthy diet is also essential in the prevention of back pain. Losing weight helps you avoid putting unnecessary and injury-causing stress and strain onto your back. To keep your bones strong, you need enough calcium and vitamin D every day. These nutrients help in the prevention of osteoporosis. You can find calcium in dairy products like milk and cheese, green leafy vegetables and fortified products such as orange juice. Because the sun helps your skin to create vitamin D, if you do not go outside much, consider a supplement or obtain vitamin D through your diet. Most milk and select fortified products have vitamin D in them.
Practice good posture which supports your back properly. Avoid heavy lifting but if it is mandatory, keep your back straight, don't bend over the item, instead utilize your leg and hip strength.
Make sure you are involved with activities that get you moving, especially as you get older. It is important to keep up flexibility and strengthen your muscles.