Back Exercises That Stop Pain and Improve Posture
Sculpt a Beautiful Back
Four Rear-View Moves
A toned back isn't just a must-have accessory when you're rocking a backless dress—it can be one of your body's most valuable assets. "Your back is involved in everything you do, from running to lugging groceries, so strengthening it is crucial to improving fitness and preventing injury," says Lacey Stone, owner of Lacey Stone Fitness in New York City. "It's also the key to better posture, which gives you a confident look no matter what you're wearing." What's more, working the muscles from your shoulders to hips can help ease (or stave off) back pain: A study found that adults with chronic backaches felt significantly less pain after a 16-week strength-training program.
Stone's workout targets your entire upper and lower back, core, hips, and glutes. Do it two or three times a week (three sets of each exercise, working up to 12 reps per set) to improve your posture, prevent aches and pains, and achieve a strong, defined rear view. (Bonus: Learn how to work out and eat right to love the way you look—even naked!)