1.  DONT STAY IN BED: Prolonged rest and avoidance of activity for those suffering with low back pain can lead to higher levels of pain and poorer recovery time.
  2. DO KEEP MOVING: Start slowly and gradually build amount and intensity. Pick an exercise you enjoy, can afford to maintain in the long term, and fits into your daily schedule.
  3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT EXERCISE FOR YOU: If you go to the gym and do a bench press you can arch your back and make things worse, when running the force coming through your feet and legs can aggravate back problems.
  4. DON’T RUSH INTO SURGERY: Uncommon conditions may require surgery, but on average results have no better long-term effect than exercise and activity.
  5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LIFT THINGS: Keep your back straight and avoid bending forward. Stand close to the load with a wide stance and lift by straightening your knees.