Optimal back health doesn’t come from doing nothing. A healthy back comes from doing the right, optimized amount of exercise—not too much, and not too little.

Here is a great 4 minute video by Stuart M. McGill, PhD , director of the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. Dr. McGill addresses 6 myths (listed below) about a healthy back, and gives some evidence-based exercises recommendations. Definitely worth a watch if you deal with back pain.

Myth #1: Back injuries are rare

Myth #2: You need a flexible back

Myth #3: To avoid injury you need a strong back

Myth #4: Bend your knees when you lift

Myth #5: Suck in your belly to work your core

Myth #6: Sit-up/crunches give you a six-pack

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