Physical and mental fitness help prevent back pain, from the March 2014 Harvard Men's Health Watch

A man's spine can take a beating over the years. The occasional backache can blossom into chronic and potentially disabling low-back pain. But it doesn't have to be that way. Paying attention to the body and the mind can keep the back healthy, according to the March 2014 Harvard Men's Health Watch. "Cardiovascular and strength training are good basic prevention to keep your back healthy," says Harvard back pain expert Dr. Zacharia Isaac. "Because of the brain's involvement with back pain, maintaining a good sleep cycle and good emotional state are also very important." Important steps to better back health include:
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