I've had the same experience as WalkingGrandma - that is, I have several problems with my back that can cause a ton of pain. My pain tells me to 'lie down' but walking is really the very best thing for my situation and moving around makes the pain go away while being sedentary actually makes it worse. My physical therapist also recommended doing 'core exercise' and said those could help my problems.
BUT - you should definitely get diagnosed first to find out what is causing your 'bad back' before doing anything - there could be many, many different things that could cause that and some might not even have anything to do with the BACK - I had a friend who always complained about his 'bad back' and eventually found out it was a serious kidney condition!
I will add one thing that may or may not apply to you - when people get overweight, their posture changes and the way they walk is altered - the heavier we get, the bigger these problems can become but the good news is that losing the weight will help restore 'normal' posture and way we walk, therefore reducing or eliminating the pain. If being overweight is the cause of your 'bad back,' walking may help indirectly by helping you lose the excess weight and directly by strengthening your back muscles - but again, I want to emphasize that it would be very foolish to try to diagnose YOUR back problems without an expert guiding you and each individuals need to find out FOR SURE what the best treatments might be for their specific situation.
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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