Do you sit at your desk all day? Americans’ sedentary lifestyles make lower back pain one of the most common types of chronic pain. One-fourth of U.S. adults will experience a day of back pain in a three-month period of time, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

Factors such as age, poor diet, smoking habits, genetics, as well as occupational risk factors can increase a person’s likelihood to suffer from back pain. But one of the primary factors is a person’s fitness level.

Back pain is much more common in adults who are not physically fit, because without strong back and abdominal muscles, a person’s spine lacks the support it needs. Exercise is one of the most effective, and least invasive, measures to treat chronic back pain and possibly keep it from returning.

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In this Work It Out, Boston video, host Alexa Pozniak learns exercises to strengthen the key areas and prevent lower back pain from Jamie Damon, Director of Performance at the Institute of Performance & Fitness in North Reading, Mass.