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Recently decided to start to exercise more and have bought a cross trainer.

Tags: backache , exercise

Recently decided to start to exercise more and have bought a cross trainer, however everytime I use this it causes my lower back to ache.

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The answer

Cross trainers are an excellent piece of equipment and sometimes it may be as simple as making sure you are training in the correct form for the movement of the machine. A common problem on cross trainers is that people often stand too far back on the foot pedals and then overstretch from the hips to the handle bars. So make sure you can easily perform the motion without having to stretch and lean forwards from your hips. Aim to keep your body upright, always focus on keeping your knees slightly bent and imagine your ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are all stacked on top of each other; this ensures you keep good posture. The other important thing to do is to make sure you keep the tummy muscles pulled in tight; this will help protect your lower back by improving your strength and stability.

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