Develop your core muscles



Daily Telegraph


So many back injuries are caused by poor core muscle use. When I visit Horatio’s Garden at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries in Oswestry and chat to people with severe injuries, I am always shocked at how many occur by way of seemingly trivial accidents, such as slipping off a kerb or tripping over awkwardly. If you are overweight, with poor core muscle tone, you are more likely to have accidents like this. Similarly, when carrying out many gardening jobs such as lifting heavy sacks or plant pots, climbing ladders or bending down, it is all the more important to engage your core to support your spine. My favourite exercise for this is with the foam roller – see my YouTube video “How Not to Get Back Pain From Gardening”.