My back is fubar too. Just started doing yoga this month to loosen it up and strengthen my core. No downside so far except that it's freakin' hard! Oh well, nothing worthwhile is easy, right?What do you mean by downside? A strong core is important for any physical activity. Yoga is a great for the core, as are exercises on the ball. A good way for abs to stay strong is ALWAYS keep them in engaged. While sitting, walking, standing, always keep them tight. I know when I sneeze I have to bend over and tighten my abs, or I risk hurting my back. (I have back issues) I am assuming you are referring to back pain/injury by doing sit ups or crunches.
To lose weight you just need to burn more calories than you consume. I don't think you can lose weight in one specific area. It doesn't matter how many crunches you do, you will not lose belly fat unless you are burning more calories than you consume.Would you say that doing spot workouts can help you lose weight in that particular area or do you have to combine massive amounts of aerobic exercise to increase your metabolism combined with that?
Hmmm... dang, no WONDER I can drink all that good beer and not gain too much weight. My GLUTES are working HARD to burn it off!The thighs and glutes are the main calorie burners, they burn fat at the fastest rate because they are the biggest muscles in the body.