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15 Ways to Prevent and Relieve Back Pain

Simple steps from the experts to ease aches and make you feel better fast.

By Sandra Gordon

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Avoid the urge to be a weekend warrior.

"In general, people who exercise regularly have less back pain than those who don't," says Dr. Mazanec. But bingeing on exercise over the weekend—to make up for everything you missed during the week—can backfire because your muscles aren't primed for the activity. Ideally, you should go on a power walk daily. It's the best prescription for a strong, problem-resistant spine.

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