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CINNYGIRL33 Posts: 126
2/10/12 3:21 P

Thanks for responding. I have not been fitted for shoes yet, as the closest walking store is 100 miles. I just started walking (for exercise) last weekend. I do hope to get to a store soon. I had some knee pain starting out also, and read enough to know that even though my feet weren't hurting, it was probably my shoes. So, I've cycled through my gym shoes, and found a pair that doesn't aggravate my knees.

Yes, I have been VERY (way too much) sedentary for about the last year. I thought maybe this was the culprit and eventually my back would develop some muscles. Yes, I am also doing strength training on the machines at the gym. I have done those every other day so far.

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2/10/12 10:24 A

A couple of my friends had the same problem and they found out that the problem is with their running\walking postures. You may need to see a personal trainer.

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2/10/12 10:18 A

Hi, Cinny ! Because we don't know anything about you or your medical history, no one can give you an exact reason why you feel lower back pain when walking. We're just taking educated guesses.

Have you had lower back pain before ? If so, your walking could be irritating an existing problem.

What kind of shoes are you wearing ? Many pains people feel with their feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back can be traced back to improper footwear. If you're not wearing shoes that provide good support, your back aches might be related to the shoes you're wearing. If you weren't fitted by a reputable walking or running store, DO make sure you get fitted for a good pair of shoes. Don't skimp on your feet.

If you have been very sedentary and you're just starting out, yes, that too could contribute to a lower back ache. If you tried walking for an hour, your body may not have been ready. walk as long as you can without feeling any pain. if that means you stop at 10 mins, that's where to stop. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits.

Don't try to do everything at once. You've got to slowly ease into a regular routine so that your exercise becomes just that, a routine. Are you doing any strength training ? If not, do your best to make sure that you're doing some strength training as part of your regular routine. some of your lower back ache could be because of weak muscles.

However, if you have had problems with your lower back prior to walking, you really should talk to your doctor before you proceed with your exercise. it's always best to err on the side of caution.

CINNYGIRL33 Posts: 126
2/10/12 9:35 A

I'm sure this has been asked a million times on this forum, so forgive me. I'm just getting back into exercising, starting with walking and some light strength training to get back in the groove.

I've noticed that my lower back really hurts while I'm walking. I lowered the intensity a bit and chalked it up to me being really inactive for so long. Do you guys think I just need to keep at it and my back muscles will become stronger, or could something else be wrong? Should I be doing something else?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

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