If You Only Do 5 Exercises, a Physical Therapist Says These Are the Most Effective for Keeping You Pain-Free

Squats. Squats work your entire lower body, including your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. They also help to improve your balance and coordination.

Lunges. Lunges are another great exercise for your lower body. They help to strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, and they also improve your balance and coordination.

Planks. Planks are a great way to strengthen your core muscles, which are important for supporting your spine and preventing back pain.


Heel and toe raises. Heel and toe raises work your calves, which are important for helping you to walk and run without pain.

Hamstring stretches. Hamstring stretches are important for helping to prevent muscle tightness and pain.

Dr. Behenna also recommends that you do some form of aerobic exercise, such as walking, running, or swimming, for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.


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