There are three things that you can do to protect the health of your back:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, your back has extra stress and tension. Try to lose a few pounds to lower the stress on your back.
  • Strengthen your core muscles. Your abdominal muscles are the front anchor of your spine and, if they are weak, the other muscles, tendons and ligaments supporting your back have to work harder.
  • Use good back mechanics. Remember to lift with your knees, and keep the load close to your body. Do not to lift more than you can handle or twist your body.