It's January 1st and time to remind you (although I my guess is, don't have to) that excess weight is not good for your health. It increases your risk for degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer and glaucoma. And at the very least, it doesn't make your back pain any better.
Think of it, that extra 10, 20 or 30 (or more) pounds puts pressure on your spinal structures. And most likely, if you carry a lot of weight, your desire to exercise and move your body may be decreased, which can decrease your muscle strength and flexibility. This pressures the spine even more.
Last week, I discussed common spine conditions that are either caused or made more complicated by obesity.
To celebrate the New Year, I'd now like to share thoughts on how your weight loss efforts can help you improve the status of your spine. Read: Will Losing Weight Reduce My Back Pain?