It's not uncommon for long-time weight lifters and team sports athletes to suffer from some degree of occasional lower back pain. Serious flare-ups can require time consuming and potentially expensive rehabilitation with specialized equipment. But a study published in the journal Clinical Review suggests that regular 20 to 40 minute walks can accomplish pretty much the same degree of relief.
Researchers had 26 subjects with lower back pain undergo 2 or 3 weekly sessions of traditional physical therapy for a total of 6 weeks. Another 26 subjects walked for 20 minutes 2 to 3 times a week, and during the 6-week period gradually increased their walking sessions to 40 minutes. Not only did both groups report similar results, but the walkers quickened their pace to complete an extra 0.05 miles in 40 minutes by the end of the study period. Give this walking workout a try to see what it does for minor back pain.