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Health Tip: Big Bellies Can Cause Backache

Can strain your muscles

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're suffering from backache, your potbelly may be to blame.

The weight of a bulging tummy increases the curvature of the back, which places greater strain on the vertebra and lower back muscles, according to the Rabin Medical Center in Israel. It's also difficult for the weakened, distended abdominal muscles to support the spine.

So, if there is no medical explanation for your aching back, try eating less and exercising more. Swimming, especially backstroke, is an excellent way to exercise and strengthen your abs.

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