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Q. What is the best aerobic exercise I can do to take care of my spine?
A. Walking is probably the best exercise choice for your spine. The natural trunk motion helps flush out any swelling or extra chemicals that can build up and cause pain. Walking provides safe weight bearing for your joints and is great for managing day-to-day stress. Swimming is also an excellent exercise choice. The buoyancy of the water reduces stress on your spine and leg joints, and helps you to move more freely. Check with your doctor or physical therapist before beginning an aerobic exercise program. It is important that you choose an aerobic activity you enjoy. This will help you stick with it, so you can enjoy all the long-term benefits aerobic exercise can provide.