When you think of kettlebell workouts, a “cure for back pain” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, an outsider might look at a kettlebell and think, “Lifting that thing is going to make my back hurt”. Well good news, you’re wrong. A recent New York Times article discusses the use of kettlebell workouts to CURE back pain! You heard it right, kettlebell workouts to cure back pain. The article cites two studies that cite that physical exercise, and specifically kettlebell workouts (2nd study) actually help to cure back pain.
If you think about this, it makes sense. Kettlebell exercises improve your range of motion, they can improve your flexibility, strength, and more. Often times, back pain is caused by a lack of flexibility (particularly in the hips, hamstrings, and quads) or by a lack of strength (specifically in the abdominals, obliques, and yes…the back). Kettlebell workouts are well documented to improve those things. This is especially true if you are following a good warm-up and doing some stretching to compliment your kettlebell training. Another benefit of a good kettlebell workout is the blood flow that is created throughout your body, this can be helpful with high blood pressure, but it also increases the blood flow to the brain.
Hopefully you aren’t surprised by these two studies. You should already know the benefits of KB training. From the increased energy and the weight management to the better quality of life and more confidence….this is just another reason to keep up the KB workouts!
What are the biggest benefits you see from your kettlebell wokrouts? Have you noticed any improvement in back pain or other injuries? Be sure to leave comments!