Your back can bring you lots of pleasure or a whole lot of pain. For numerous reasons, many people suffer from back pain and find it difficult to cope with. If you’re one of these people, be sure to set up an appointment with your doctor to understand the causes, and find out what types of movement you can and cannot do.

If you get the all clear from your doc, then you can help to prevent minor back pain by strengthening those back muscles, and toning up for a sleek silhouette at the same time.

Sharita Jennings, creator of GetFitLikeThat.com has put together 5 simple moves that you can do without any weights (you can use light dumbbells if you prefer) to strengthen those all-important back muscles, and help your improve your posture and even relieve tension on other muscles.

Try this workout for yourself by doing 10-15 reps of each move, and going through the full routine 2-3 times. Eventually, you’ll want to enter the room backwards to show off your hard work!

Sharita Jennings is a health policy attorney, ACE certified group fitness instructor and nutrition specialist. She leads fitness classes in Washington, DC and provides online coaching and tips on her site, GetFitLikeThat.com.

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