Sean McCawley, Fit for Life: Relieving Sciatica Through Fitness, Part 1 |  health

He replied, “I’ll try the weight machines and hang out on the treadmill.”

I then asked if he had ever included some simple bodyweight exercises like squats, pushups, or planks in his routine.

“What is a plank?” he answered.

Without delving too deeply into the factors that could have led to these symptoms of sciatica, I could deduce that the lack of an organized and targeted exercise routine contributed to his painful history of sciatica.

It’s a shame we discovered that too late. He worked out on some machines at his local gym, but lacked a program that could prevent injuries and increase functional mobility of the lower back and hips. If he had a structured routine of knowing how to prevent such an injury, this undesirable experience might have been avoided.

There is nothing wrong with using exercise equipment at a local gym. In fact, more people need to join local gyms and view exercise as a crucial part of their livelihood. However, sciatica, along with many other dysfunction in the body, is caused by a lack of direction in an exercise routine.

Choosing exercises with the goal of reducing the likelihood of debilitating injuries is critical to living a happy, productive, and pain-free life. Squats, pushups, and planks use multiple muscle groups that are responsible for strengthening the muscle architecture of an optimally functioning human body.