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Almost everyone at some point in his or her life experiences back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on lower back pain, which is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Other than headache, it is the most common neurological ailment in the United States.

Fortunately, there is something you can proactively do that may remedy or prevent such injury without surgery or medication. Studies have shown that core strength exercises and training to be one of the most effective remedies and prevention methods to back injury.

What is your body’s core? Simply defined, it is the section of your body from your arm pits to your hips. Your legs, arms, and neck are extensions from this core, which provide you with mobility, strength, reach, and some degree of flexibility. The core, however, provides your stability and internal strength for each movement. It is, therefore, important to incorporate core strength exercises into your fitness routine to prevent future chronic back problems and improve your overall health.