Yoga, jogging, pylometrics? There are many theories about what is the best form of exercise if you suffer from back pain. A recent study has shown that, contrary to popular belief, load-bearing exercises used in weight training may be the best form of training for those with chronic back pain.

“The study, done in conjunction with the University of Regina, showed a 60 per cent improvement in pain and function levels for people with chronic backache who took part in a 16-week exercise program of resistance training using dumbbells, barbells and other load-bearing exercise equipment. “

**Bottom line**: Suffering from back pain doesn’t mean you should give up the weights. Just don’t overstress your back.