Whether you are a working or stay-at-home-mom, the wear and tear on your back can be brutal!  Hours sitting at a desk or leaning over a bathtub can take a toll on your body, and those bones are no longer as young as they used to be. As moms, we have to take time to care for our bodies. Back pain happens to be one of the most common health concerns in the doctor’s office. Poor posture is one of the main reasons for chronic back pain.  Some of the best types of exercises for a stronger back include Yoga and Pilates, because they focus on stretching out as well as strengthening back muscles.  It is also important to strengthen your core muscles in order to have a strong back. Check out these videos for exercises that can help you fight against poor posture and back pain.

Supermans: I have a love/hate relationship with these.  They can be brutal on your abs at times, but they are a great exercise for strengthening core and back muscles. Whether you like them or not, they will for sure give you the strength you need to walk with good posture throughout the day. (photo credit)

Pelvic Tilts: Pelvic tilts are great for not only increasing strength in the back, but also for relieving back pain. They focus on your glutes, core and back muscles in order to complete the exercise. Since this particular move doesn’t always burn or get your heart rate up, some people don’t believe it is a good workout, but trust me, this is worth it and any Pilates instructor will tell you so! (photo credit)

Shoulder Rolls: These are great for releasing tension in the upper back which so often increases our back pain. Try these to relieve stress but to also straighten out your shoulders for proper posture. (photo credit)

Y Raises: These exercises are great for increasing strength in your upper back.  Add a weight and make them more difficult for your daily routine to not only increase your good posture, but to amp up your strength building routine. (photo credit)

Upright Shoulder Press: Again, these are great exercises for improving poor posture, but part of improving posture comes from strength.  When our muscles are weak, we do not have the strength in our backs to walk with good posture.  This is great for improving strength and should be performed often.