B is for bending, L is for lifting, and T is for twisting. Activities that require these motions are likely to cause your back pain to flare or worsen. Some common BLT activities include golfing and weeding.
Do avoid exercising for four to six weeks after acute back pain to reduce swelling, according to a study completed in 2016. If you aren’t having acute pain, exercises to build muscular strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness may help decrease your low back pain.